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Rishi Kapoor slams sudden ban on Pakistan actors

Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has slammed authorities for confusing filmmakers on the issue of casting Pakistani actors in the wake of a militant attack on Indian army base. “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,”...

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 1, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 1, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Rishi Kapoor slams sudden ban on Pakistan actors

TO GO WITH India-entertainment-Bollywood-dynasties-100years,FOCUS by Rachel O'Brien In this picture taken on April 29, 2013, India's Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor gestures as he speaks during an interview with AFP at his house in Mumbai. From a cinema pioneer and India's Charlie Chaplin, one powerful Bollywood family can trace the roots of their stardom almost right back to the birth of the film industry 100 years ago. "We have been there throughout. All the milestones of cinema, there has been some Kapoor or the other," says 60-year-old Rishi Kapoor, who has notched up nearly 150 Hindi film credits over a four-decade acting career. AFP PHOTO/PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has slammed authorities for confusing filmmakers on the issue of casting Pakistani actors in the wake of a militant attack on Indian army base.

“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,” Kapoor told a local news agency IANS.

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.

“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 Pakistan star Fawad Khan in his last hit “Kapoor & Sons”.

“You’ve been working for the last six months. 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. Sometimes you shake hands and say go ahead. You’re confusing your country, people.

“Either you shake hands or don’t shake hands. Why does Modi have 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.

Pakistan actress Mahira Khan fell victim to the IMPPA ruling when she could not promote her debut Bollywood flick “Raees” with Shah Rukh Khan here.

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