Union Minister Babul Supriyo today said that time has come for the Bollywood stars to take a stand against Pakistani artists.
The singer-turned-politician said that Pakistani artists should not be encouraged to work in India.
"Bollywood, as an industry, can influence people. If film stars take a stand, it will be good for India. Pakistani artists should not be encouraged to work in India," he said.
The BJP leader’s remark comes in the wake of numerous ceasefire violations and recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
He further said that the promises that were made by the industry during controversy of Karan Johar's flick 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' were not fulfilled.
"I think the mindset of solving the tension between India and Pakistan with cricket and music is no more applicable. Pakistan is a terrorist country. Our soldiers are being constantly targeted and killed along the border," Supriyo said.
Earlier in September last year, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) had passed a resolution to ban Pakistani actors from the Hindi film industry in the wake of the Uri terror attack that had left 18 jawans dead.
Many political parties including Raj Thackeray’s MNS had issued notices demanding a ban for Pakistani artists working in India.