‘Ei­ther you shake hands or you don’t’

Rishi Kapoor ques­tions de­ci­sion to ban Pak­istani artists, says a cut-off pe­riod should’ve been given

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page -

Known to call a spade a spade, vet­eran ac­tor Rishi Kapoor (left) has pulled up au­thor­i­ties for con­fus­ing film­mak­ers on the is­sue of cast­ing Pak­istani ac­tors post the terror at­tack on the Uri can­ton­ment in Jammu and Kash­mir, last Septem­ber. Bol­ly­wood’s “Chin­too Un­cle” said it was un­fair to sud­denly ban artists from Pak­istan and there should be a cut-off date on such dik­tats for film productions to fall in line. The In­dian Mo­tion Pic­ture Pro­duc­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (IMPPA) had banned Pak­istani ac­tors, singers and tech­ni­cians from work­ing on In­dian films in the wake of Uri at­tacks and the volatile sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir.

“Films are not planned in one or three days. It takes time. You can’t say that you’re go­ing to ban a pic­ture,” fumed Kapoor, who acted with Pak­istani ac­tor Fawad Khan in his last hit Kapoor & Sons (2016).

“These are un­fair rul­ings and bul­ly­ing tac­tics. You must give a cut-off pe­riod. It gives us time to fin­ish our films and hence­forth we will not take them. Some­times some skir­mish hap­pens in the bor­der and your whole think­ing goes wrong,” he said.

“Ei­ther you shake hands or don’t shake hands. Why does Modi has to go to Pak­istan and shake hands, when you know skir­mishes will hap­pen,” Kapoor said pick­ing on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s sur­prise visit to Pak­istan in De­cem­ber 2015 to meet his coun­ter­part Nawaz Sharif.

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA

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