Pooja Bhatt, Dia Mirza, Salim Khan among celebs who spoke about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil ban

FP Staff

Oct,22 2016 14:09 50 IST

While the storm around Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil seems to be calming down, it was arguably one of those rare controversies that managed to divide the Bollywood celebrities. Many of them said some really strong statements for and against the issue of allowing Pakistani artistes to work in Indian films.

Here we bring to you a line-up of who said what.

The man of the moment Karan Johar said in a video that he is hurt on being labelled "anti-national" and would not engage with talent from Pakistan "in the circumstance".

Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt said the ongoing campaign against Pakistani artistes working in India cannot be described as nationalism, but "schoolyard bullying".

Speaking in the background of the Mumbai Film Festival international filmmaker Jia Zhangke said, "Political turmoil always affects us. The political situation of china is constantly changing and that reflects on the economical development of the nation. If you look closely, while the east china is economically quite developed, the west china is yet to reach that level. Such differences affect our society."

Actress Kalki Koechlin said, "I don't want to add fuel to the fire because this thing has been going on for a long time. I personally think that we live in an international world and we have Indians living all over the world. If we asked all those NRIs to come back to India, then we would have nowhere to put them. So, similarly, if there are guests from other countries living in our country, myself included, who is of French origin but born and bought up in India, where do I belong? If I don't belong in this country, then I don't know where I belong to. So, I think it's very important to understand that."

Dia Mirza said, "The day central government announces a financial isolation of Pakistan where they say all trades and communications will be seized, as a part of the film industry... I am pretty certain that we will maintain that 100 per cent. But to target a film, where 99 per cent Indian crew members are involved and their livelihood depends on the project, it's unfair."

Veteran screenwriter Salim Khan is known to have a stand in most issues. He also took to Twitter to share his views on the current situation.

(With Inputs from agencies)