Mumbai–Bollywood playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has criticised superstar Salman Khan for questioning the campaign against Pakistani artistes working in India. He also accused the actor of being “ashamed to show loyalty to India” and supporting terrorism.
Bhattacharya’s comments have emerged a day after Salman expressed his views about the “ultimatum” issued by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the “ban” by Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) on Pakistani artistes from working in Indian showbiz.
Salman said on Friday: “They are artistes. What do you think… Are artistes terrorists? They come to India with visa. Who gives them the visa? Our (Indian) government gives them visa. The government gives them work permit.”
Bhattacharya on Saturday tweeted: “Pakistani and Indian artists have one thing common, both enjoy India’s money, love, fame and both are anti-India anti-Indian Army #SalmanKhan. Fawad Khan shows true patriotism towards his country Pakistan, whilst Bollywood’s Salman Khan is ashamed to show loyalty to India.”
The singer also claimed Salman is busy shooting films with Pakistan talent, and doesn’t pay any heed to the issues of the country.
He posted: “Super stars don’t watch news of #UriAttack #Pakistan killing, shooting, butchering Indians, they are busy too.. shooting with Pakis”.
When a social media user hailed his views, he went to dig into Salman’s infamous 2002 hit-and-run case.
Bhattacharya posted: “Because of our law machinery, Salman Khan is roaming free and supporting terrorism.”
MNS had issued a 48-hour ultimatum on September 23 to all Pakistani cine and television artistes to leave India. The ban came after the September 18 terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
Then, IMPPA also announced it has decided to ban Pakistani artistes and technicians from working in India until the hostilities between the two countries subside.
Salman’s views on the issue snowballed into a controversy with MNS President Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut condemning it.
Raut said that veteran scriptwriter Salim Khan should keep his son Salman under house arrest, adding that the Bollywood superstar “blabbers” because no one in his family has ever died for the country.
Thackeray said “these artistes (Salman) should realise ‘Nation first’. If they have so many problems, we will ban their movies too”.
In a new development, it was reported that all Indian channels were banned in Pakistan by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). A few cinema halls in Pakistan have already decided against releasing any Indian movies. (IANS)
More than show business people, big business magnates like Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and others have import-export of goods between these two neighboring countries. India and Pakistan have fairly large business trade. Indian exports to Pakistan is reported to have a trade surplus of 1.75 billion USD, with grain, rice, and raw cotton being the main exports, and cement, vegetables, etc. are imported from Pakistan. Some other items are traded between both countries. If authorities on both sides of border are really serious about banning cultural exchange, they should show some courage to stop business trade first.