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Ban Pak artistes but let Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Raees release, say filmmakers

Members of the film fraternity feel that movies with Pakistani actors that have already been shot shouldn't be affected. 

Keyur Seta

A massive development took place in the Indian film fraternity last evening after the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution on banning Pakistani artists from working in India till situation between both countries cools down. 

Despite a unanimous decision by the producers body, hardly anyone from the film industry has reacted to it. In exclusive chats with Cinestaan.com, prominent members of the industry did share their views. 

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar welcomed the decision due to the recent developments. “I think we should welcome this move by IMPPA. Some of the veterans from the film industry have taken this decision after thinking a lot. So, this move should be respected. As we know, the situation is bad currently as a lot of soldiers from the Indian army are getting killed on the border.”

Ramesh Taurani, Managing Director of Tips Films, echoed the same sentiments. “I certainly feel that for the time being we shouldn’t work with Pakistani artists. In the future, may be when Indo-Pak relations are improved we can work with them again.”

The view of filmmaker Anand Kumar is no different. He tweeted, “Good decision by #IMPPA Bravo... Pakistani artist should not be allowed to work in india any more no matter what happens.” 

Parties like Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have threatened to stall the release of films like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees as they have Pakistani artistes in the cast. But in an interview with Cinestaan.com, T P Aggarwal, the President of IMPPA, stated that there won’t be any stay or delay in the release of films with Pakistani artistes which have already been completed. 

Bhandarkar feels the same. He said, “The release of films which are ready for release shouldn’t be stalled. They should be released. A lot of Indian artists and technicians have also worked in these films.” Taurani too agrees with this decision. “I also feel the films that are complete and feature Pakistani actors should not be targeted now as it also has the hard work of many Indian actors and technicians and financial stakes of Indian producers,” he said.