Reacting to film-maker Karan Johar’s statement that he will not work with Pakistani talent in future, the Bharatiya Janata Party today said that it would have been better had the director expressed solidarity with India's armed forces right after terror attacks in Uri and Pathankot.
"Clearly, there is a sentiment in public at large, which is anti-Pakistan at the given juncture as we all know post Uri and Pathankot. I wish directors like Karan Johar had come out with a statement in solidarity with our armed forces right after the attacks rather than let a controversy break loose," BJP spokesperson Shaina NC said.
The BJP spokesperson, however, added that the government has decided to give protection to every theatre that is going to showcase Karan Johar's upcoming film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.
"We do believe that the rule of law must prevail and therefore, our government has decided to give protection to every theatre that is going to showcase that film," she added.
Responding to the controversy over Karan Johar’s upcoming film, Shaina NC said that the question is who has actually boycotted this particular film because the government has no role to play in it.
On Tuesday, breaking his silence over his upcoming film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', Karan Johar, in an emotional video, expressed a "deep sense of hurt and pain" over allegations of him being an anti-national.
"I condemn terror in the strongest terms, I respect our Army, for me, the country comes first," the 44-year-old film-maker said.
"The best way to express your patriotism is to spread love and thats all I have ever tried to do through my work and cinema,” he added.
He also added in the video that he will not work with Pakistani talent in his future films.