MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Abhay Deol, speaking on the ban placed on Pakistani artistes in Bollywood, said it sounded hypocritical to him and should not be restricted to just the film industry, sources reported.
Speaking at the opening of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) film festival about the ongoing turmoil surrounding Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the Aisha actor said, “If you want to ban anything to do with Pakistan then go the distance. Don’t just ban the film makers. Why are you doing a half-hearted job? Ban the business dealings we do, the import, the export. Because when you do half a job no one will take you seriously.”
Sounding a sane voice on the issue, he further added:
“I don’t take the government seriously because they are only banning us from collaborating with artistes. They are not banning businessmen from making business. So, if you really mean what you say, then go the distance. Then I will take you seriously. Right now it is not looking like you mean it, it just looks like it gets you a lot of publicity and makes a lot of noise.”
“But really what is the point of it? I will support it if you think banning anything to do with Pakistan is going to help our jawans, fine. But I don’t see the whole distance. I see one little thing looked at and banned and another part being left. Sounds hypocritical to me,” he added.
Present at the podium at the same time, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar too expressed her views saying, “It is very unfortunate that a film, and a filmmaker gets targeted like that. Karan Johar didn’t do anything wrong, he has not broken the law. Visas are being granted by government, its legal for people to work here,” she said.