Pakistani actor Fawad Khan on Indo-Pak tensions: Wish we can build a more peaceful world
Fawad Khan will soon be seen on the silver screen in the Bollywood film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'. Photograph: (AFP)
Popular Pakistani actor Fawad Khan has spoken out for the first time about the increasing tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attacks and the subsequent surgical strikes by India.
In a Facebook post on Friday, the 34-year-old wrote that as a father of two children, he wished for a more peaceful world.
"As a father of two little children, I pray and wish like many others that together we can build and live in a more peaceful world. I believe we owe it to our children who will shape our tomorrow," stated the actor, whose Bollywood film "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" releases in India on October 28. He does a cameo in the film.
He concluded by saying: I thank all my fans and fellow artists from Pakistan, India and people in general all over the world who have shown continued support for their belief in love and understanding to unite a divisive world.
Paskistani artistes were banned from working in India by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) last month in the wake of the Uri attack that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers. All Pakistani artistes and technicians are barred from working in the country till the bilateral tensions cease, according to a motion passed by the association.
The Mahrashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), a political party based in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, had also issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes ordering them to leave the country. The party has also threatened to stall the releases of "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" and "Raees", starring Pakistani actors.
Indian filmmaker Karan Johar, who has directed Fawad in "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", had spoken out against the MNS ban, saying that banning artistes was not a solution and that the film industry must not be made a "soft target" in times like these.
Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor, who co-stars with Fawad, actress Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai in "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" also cautioned against 'getting swept away with bitterness and negativity'.
“I don’t want to sound preachy and like a ‘healer talker’ but we are living in some hard times right now. I hope that you guys don’t get swept away with the bitterness and negativity, the violence that’s happening around the world and around us,” the actor told the press a few days back.
The Indian film industry is deeply divided on the issue. While some artistes have critised the decision to ban Pakistani performers, many in the industry such as Randeep Hooda, Sonali Bendre and Nana Patekar have supported the move.