Diving straight into the debate on whether or not to allow Pakistani artistes to work in India, actor Saif Ali Khan has said that it is the government to decide on this. The Nawab of Bollywood has said that though the Hindi film industry is open to work with talent from across the border, the final call should be taken by the government.
Saif has, hence, joined the list of celebrities to speak on the ban on Pakistani artistes demanded by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
After the horrific attack on the army bas camp in Uri which left 18 soldiers dead, MNS called for a complete ban on Pak artistes. The party had asked the artistes like Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to leave India in 48 hours, failing which MNS will deal with the situation in their own way.
“This (cross cultural exchange) should definitely be encouraged. The industry is open to world talent, especially from across the border. But the government has to decide these things,” Saif said.
"We are artistes and we will talk about love and peace. But the government has to take such decisions about law and who to allow to work here and who isn't," the 46-year-old actor said at the GQ Men of the year awards last evening here.
Bollywood stars like Karan Johar, Hansal Mehta, Anurag Kashyap, Varun Dhawan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra have earlier expressed their views on the demand of boycott of Pakstani artistes in India.
(With PTI Inputs)