Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan has faced a backlash soon after he came out in support of Pakistan artistes being threatened to leave India.
While talking to the media Salman Khan said, “They are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism shouldn’t be mixed and Pakistani artists aren’t terrorists.”
This statement invited Indian nationalist political party Shiv Sena to respond with a furious comment on Saturday that Salman should migrate to Pakistan if he liked Pakistani actors so much. Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande said, “Salman Khan needs to be taught a lesson. If he has so much love for Pakistani artists, he should migrate there.”
Salman Khan made the statement a day after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a unanimous resolution at the annual general meeting, appealing to all their members to “henceforth, not to work with any artists, singers or technicians from Pakistan until the situation of hostilities between Pakistan and India subsides and the Government of India declares that all is well with Pakistan and India.”
Khan spoke out against the ban, which was first proposed the MNS after the Uri terror attack. Channel Zee Zindagi, which used to exclusively broadcast Pakistani shows, also changed the line up of the channel by removing Pakistani shows altogether.