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Varun Dhawan gets trolled for his views on banning Pakistani artistes

The Dishoom actor's statement to a daily, leads to mini war between Fawad Khan and Varun Dhawan's fans on social media

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Mayur Lookhar

He was among the first celebrities to condemn the terror attack in Uri which claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers. At that time, netizens lauded the actor for his patriotic tweet, in which he paid respects to the martyrs saying their sacrifices will not go in vain.

However, the comments to  a leading daily led to a twitter war amongst few fans of the Indian actor and his Pakistani counterpart.

"The attacks on our jawan were horrible. My heart goes out to them and I stand with the government of India," Dhawan told The Indian Express newspaper.

Comenting on the issue of banning Pakistani artistes, however, Dhawan said: "The government has to say that. It [the ban] has to come from the government. And if they take any steps, we will have to see what they do after that. If by banning actors, terrorism can be stopped, then should do it. This is something the government needs to decide first."

Dhawan's comments evoked a mixed response as his statement lacked conviction. Shortly afterwards, that  few fans of Fawad Khan and an array of fans of Dhawan were at loggered heads with each other with the latter urging the actor to ingore the haters.

The actor, too, urged all to read his comments carefully.

The attack in Uri has led to familiar scenes in Maharashtra, with the right-wing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, a small local party, demanding a blanket ban on Pakistani artistes in India. Later, Sanjay Upadhyay, general secretary of the Maharashtra unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, too, backed the ban.

Filmmaker Karan Johar is currently incurring the displeasure of the MNS with members of the party protesting outside his office in Mumbai. The MNS has threatened to stall Johar’s Diwali release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil if the filmmaker doesn’t chop out all scenes of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan from the film.

Comment: The silly season is upon us again