Filmmaker Karan Johar has spoken up against a regional party in Maharashtra which has told Pakistani artistes to leave India in the aftermath of the deadly attack on an Indian Army base in Uri, Kashmir.
In an interview to NDTV, the filmmaker said that while he understood the anger in the country, boycotting artistes from Pakistan was not a solution and the creative industry must not be made a "soft target" in times like these.
"I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then you are faced with a situation such as this. If this was truly a solution, one would take it. But this is not a solution. I don't believe it is. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art," PTI quoted the director as saying.
"I am not somebody who can find the answer. I am nobody in that scheme of things. I am just a filmmaker, telling a love story. Today I feel, I am a vulnerable soft target. I have faced it, felt the repercussions of it in the past and I have constantly combated that," he added.
KJo, as he is popularly called in India, spoke out after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to leave India within 48 hours, failing which the MNS would push them out.
Asked how he would deal with such threats, the 44-year-old said he said he felt "vulnerable and scared" and that people must look at the larger perspective and find the answer.
"I don't know... I beseech everyone to look at it holistically and understand the situation, that there is a larger situation here and it has nothing to do with banning talent. Let's look at it from a larger perspective and find the answer.
He added that creative people sometimes feel so frustrated that they "just want to fold their hands and say 'Leave us alone'."
Karan Johar has given Bollywood some of its biggest hits including Kal Ho Na Ho, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, My Name Is Khan and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.