Abhay Deol

Ever since the Uri Attacks, there has been a growing voice of dissent among the Indian people on banning everything related to Pakistan. While the MNS has declared that it will not allow the films to release that star any Pakistani artists, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) has outrightly said that single screens in four states in India will not screen Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. While many Bollywood celebs have voiced their opinion on the matter, some have refused to comment. However, Happy Bhaag Jaayegi actor, Abhay Deol, recently came out with the best reply to this whole controversy.




At the ongoing Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) festival, Abhay had the perfect response to the issue. He said:

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“If you want to ban anything to do with Pakistan, then go the distance. Don’t just ban filmmakers. Why are you doing a half-hearted job? Ban the business dealings, the import, the export because when you do half a job no one will take you seriously. I don’t take the government seriously because they are only banning us from collaborating with artists. 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.”




Abhay Deol was very clear with his ideology and made it clear.

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Arunima Aggarwal

Arunima Aggarwal

Writing comes naturally to me and I truly believe that a pen is mightier than the sword! Writing short stories, articles, poems, essays, and curriculum development have been my forte and I foray into news-writing with the same enthusiasm.