Ban­ning the ban? In­dian ac­tors take up Pak projects

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In Oc­to­ber 2016, the In­dian Mo­tion Pic­ture Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion banned Pak­istani ac­tors from work­ing in Bol­ly­wood films. This was fol­low­ing the killing of In­dian army per­son­nel in Uri by Pak­istani forces. How­ever re­cently, In­dian ac­tors such as Ileana D’Cruz and Ku­nal Kemmu have worked with Pak­istani artists, while Pak­istani ac­tor Fawad Khan has been nom­i­nated in award shows here.

Does this mean that the ban is now a thing of the past? “There has been no change in IMPPA’s (In­dian Mo­tion Pic­ture Pro­duc­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion) de­ci­sion about the ban. We will take ac­tion against them,” says TP Ag­gar­wal, pres­i­dent, IMPPA. Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani, the chair­per­son of the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, feels In­dian ac­tors should re­frain from tak­ing up Pak­istani projects till things nor­malise be­tween the coun­tries. “Ev­ery per­son has to take a de­ci­sion in the in­ter­est of the coun­try. If they are work­ing with Pak artists, then it is their wish but they will face prob­lems in the end,” says Ni­ha­lani.

Pak­istani ac­tor Mahira Khan, who could not pro­mote her film along­side Shah Rukh Khan in In­dia, has said she’s up­set with the ban. “I also want to be in an in­ter­view with Shah Rukh Khan talk­ing about the film. It is my right. This was also my film,” she said in an in­ter­view to a Pak­istani news­pa­per.

It was re­cently an­nounced that Pak­istani ac­tor Ad­nan Sid­diqui has been granted work visa to shoot for ac­tor Sridevi’s Mom, but pro­ducer Boney Kapoor clar­i­fies, “The shoot­ing of the film is com­plete. My film was among the five that were cleared. (But) there is no ques­tion of work­ing again till things get bet­ter,” says Kapoor.

How­ever, artists on both sides are hop­ing that the ban will be lifted. “Artists can­not be stopped be­cause we have al­ways cho­sen the path of love,” says singer Ra­hat Fateh Ali Khan, whose track Saware, fea­tures Kemmu.

In­dian ac­tor Ku­nal Kemmu fea­tures in a Pak­istani video that has Pak­istani singer Ra­hat Fateh Ali Khan (below)

Il­lena D’Cruz in a mu­sic video with Pak­istani singer Atif As­lam

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