Ajay Devgn on Pakistan artists ban: Bollywood is scared of politics

Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn whose Shivaay is up against Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan has said that the film industry is scared of politics which is why if a person speaks against any political party, his/her film will not be allowed to release.

The actor was present with his wife Kajol at the Manthan Aaj Tak event where he spoke about the present scenario regarding the discontent against Pakistani artists working in India.

Devgn had earlier supported the indefinite ban on Pakistani artists from working in India by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA). Earlier today, the Producers Guild vowed to never work with Pakistani artists in the future after a closed room discussion with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s writer-director Karan Johar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

However, MNS has ‘allowed’ Karan Johar to release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and has promised to not create discontent after its release. Earlier, the party protested against the film’s release on account of Fawad Khan being a part of the cast.

When asked whether nationalism or fear plays a part in his statements, Devgn said, “Both. When it comes to nationalism, as I said, I stand by the country. When it comes to politics, an industry men gets a little scared. He gets scared because if today you say anything against a group, your film will be stopped, something will happen.”

The Singham actor also said, “We are very vulnerable where politics is concerned. Where nationalism is concerned, I don’t think it (Bollywood) is divided… We want to stay away from politics because we are vulnerable. But when it comes about the nation, there I stand by it. But when politics is concerned, sometimes you say it, but most of the time you stay quite because of fear.”

Devgn added that the film industry should be free from issues of religion.

“Nobody can deny one good thing about the industry is we never had any issues with religion. We have Hindus, Muslims, Parsis, Christians everybody working under one roof. We celebrate every festivals together. We never had any problem in our industry. If films can influence the society then it should begin from here,” the actor said.

On a final note, Devgn said, “I have worked with Pakistani actors, but right now the situation is such that we have to stand by our nation. I hope that the problem gets solved till then I will not work with them.”

Source : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/ajay-devgn-pak-artists-banned-mns-raj-thackeray-ae-dil-hai-mushkil/1/793209.html

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