Ajay Devgan comes out in support of ban on Pakistani actors

Ajay Devgan comes out in support of ban on Pakistani actors

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Joining the debate over ban on Pakistani actors on working in India, Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn today came out in support of the ban and said he will not share screen space with them as of now. In an interview to a television channel, Ajay said, "I condemned the attacks and openly come out in support of Indian army and the ban on Pakistani artistes." He also expressed sadness over Bollywood celebrities like Salman Khan and Karan Johar opposing the ban. Coming out in support of the ban, the actor said, "Their artistes are standing by their nation. They are earning here but are sticking by their nation. We should learn from them.” On the argument that artistes and culture have no boundaries, the actor said, "There is an exchange of bullets happening and you are talking about exchange of culture? We cannot isolate ourselves from the nation.” Ajay said he would not share screen space with Pakistani actors. “Not at the moment. I am very clear on this because you are an Indian first. I don’t care if my film doesn’t release in Pakistan. Ajay, whose debut directorial venture 'Shivaay' is to release shortly, said he is not worried about its release in Pakistan. Expressing sadness over the stand taken by celebrities who have opposed the ban, Ajay said, "It is saddening, it is saddening. I don’t know what the reasons are and I don’t even believe they are human beings who are scared at this point of time. Why should anybody be scared?”


Asked whether it is because of their commercial interest in Karan's film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan that people like Karan were opposing the ban, Ajay said, “If it is a commercial interest, there comes a situation in life you have to make choices. Sometimes you lose a lot, we are all talking about losing money and as I said Bollywood is such a small thing. "I have been told there is a trade which India exports to Pakistan which is more than Rs 2.6 billion. And they are not big traders, there are small traders also involved. Are they worried about what’s gonna happen, is anybody talking about them, nobody’s talking about them. They are not objecting to this because they also I feel say nation comes first." He added: "So jab itna zyada involvement itne logon ka hai jinko pata bhi nahin hai, they don’t even know ki agle mahine unka ghar kaise chalega(so when so many people are involved who have no clue how their house will run next month). They are with it then we all should be with it and we are all with it.” Incidentally, Ajay's film “Shivaay” is pitted against Karan’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” at the box office later this month.

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