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Why hang only artistes? Focus on soldiers' safety: Priyanka Chopra

The actress expressed that while she will go with whatever the government decides, she finds targeting only artistes and people from the film industry unfair.

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Several actors and filmmakers have given their opinion on the issue of 'banning Pakistani artistes' in India. Actress Priyanka Chopra, in an NDTV interview, was asked if she was aware of the debate.

The actress, who is busy shooting for her TV show Quantico in New York, said, "I have read about it. It's tricky because first of all artistes and actors are always held responsible for every bigger political agenda that happens in the country. Why not business(men), politicians, doctors and why not anyone else except for public people, who are not actors in the movie industry?"

She expressed that she is a patriot and will go with whatever the government says, but finds banning only artistes and people from the movie industry unfair. 

"I am extremely patriotic. So, whatever my government decides is important to keep the country safe. I go with that, but at the same time, I don't believe that artistes are a representation of — at least there hasn't been an actor who has done something which has harmed someone's life out of malice or anything," she said. 

"If someone needs to be hung, the one person that's picked up is an artiste or a public person from the movie business. That to me is not fair."

Chopra, whose father has served in the Indian army, says that we should focus on keeping the country's soldiers safe instead of creating hype about banning Pakistani artistes. 

"We should be concerned about keeping the rest of our sons and the rest of our soldiers safe and that needs to be the focus. We always lose our focus and comment on something else because that's what that makes noise and because people talk about it and the media carries it," she said.

"I am appalled by what happened in Uri and we need to stand up and protect our country. We have been an extremely peaceful nation for so many centuries. We have never been those who go out and fight. We are from the land of (Mahatma) Gandhi. We are all about non-violence," Chopra added.

Following the September 18 terrorist attack, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes to leave India and said the party would not let their movies release in India.

On Friday, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India said that movies featuring Pakistani actors would not be screened in single screen theatres in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.

Watch Chopra's interview.