Pakistani artists like Atif Aslam, Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan and many more are working in Indian film industry with respect. But due to Uri attack on Indian Army, the artists have to suffer. MNS has announced an ultimatum of 48 hours to them to leave Indian and MNS will not allow their films to be released in Mumbai as well.
MNS also asked in an open letter to Bollywood's producers and filmmakers to cast Pakistani actors in their films. But filmmakers slam the decision and announcement of MNS.
Director Hansal Mehta tweeted, "MNS for next central govt. In one master stroke they have solved the India Pakistan problem. After all it is artistes who provoke attacks."
Vikram Bhatt said, "We should concentrate on making sure that Pakistan is declared a terrorist state. That should be our effort. This (asking Pak actors to leave) is like trivialising the issue-- whether artists or cricket should be allowed nor not...
How does that matter? What matters is that people are dying; we have been constantly suffering... And the only thing we do is ban artists!"
Bhatt said on asking whether the Pakistani artist should raise their voice against it, "I expect them to take a stand but can they do that? They are actors, creative people, not activists.
"I don't think they can go back if they are going to talk against the terrorist outfits in Pakistan. They would surely fear for their lives, might as well become Indian citizens then. I think they would really fear for their safety."
Mayank Shekhar, a known film critic also said, "Something which is cultural is by nature apolitical. But if it does become political as in this particular case, then that is the political decision that the authorities need to take. It can't be any particular outfit deciding to issue a diktat and everyone living under the fear of what they would do or would not do."