Boycotting artistes from Pakistan is not a solution to terrorism, says Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar. Responding to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threat to the Pakistan artistes, the director said he feels vulnerable while talking about the ongoing row on it.
“I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then you are faced in a situation such as this (asking for ban on Pak artistes). If this was truly a solution, one would take it,” he told a news channel.
The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai director came up with response since far-famed Pakistan actor Fawad Khan is doing a pivotal role in his upcoming directorial venture ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, that will hit the screen this Diwali.
The MNS leaders had on Friday threatened that they will not be allowing movies acted by Pakistan artists to be shown in India.
The film wing of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena had made it clear that they will stall the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Karan’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in Maharashtra.
It is not a veiled threat. It’s a direct threat to producers like SRK and Karan Johar who take Pakistani actors in their movies. You can’t find Indian actors for your films? In this 125 crore Indian population, can’t you find a single Indian actor to cast in your films that you import people from a place like Pakistan, a country with which we all are facing a problem. It’s not a veiled threat but a direct threat. We will not allow the release of these movies hereShalini Thackeray, general secretary of MNS Chitrapat Karamchari Sena
SRK’s Raees was targeted for it’s female lead Mahira Khan hailing from Pakistan.
Talking to the media, Karan said that the larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art.
“I feel vulnerable and scared while even saying this. I completely feel the pain and anger. If my film is targeted because of this, it will make me exceptionally sad because my intent was to put out a product out of love and nothing else.” 44-year-old director said.
“I beseech everyone to look at it holistically and understand the situation, that there is a larger situation here and it has nothing to do with banning talent. Let’s look at it from a larger perspective and find the answer,” he added.
He also said that creative people feel so frustrated that they just want to fold hands and say ‘Leave us alone’. “I am not somebody who can find the answer. I am nobody in that scheme of things. I am just a filmmaker, telling a love story. Today I feel, I am a vulnerable soft target. I have faced it, felt the repercussions of it in the past and I have constantly combated that,” he said.
“Sometimes, you just want to fold your hands and say, ‘We are creative industry. Please leave us alone. We make movies, we spread love. There are millions in the world, in our country who are happy with the work we do, allow us that...’ I think we should not be those soft targets anymore. We don’t matter in the scheme of things but we can make things happier and better,” the Coffee with Karan host added.