Subhash Chandra, chairman of Zee and Essel group held a press conference in Delhi where he spoke about 'Ban on Pakistani artistes'. The press meet was held to talk about the upcoming Turkish shows on the channel and for the introduction of new faces, however, things didn't go as per the plans.
He emphasized on one thing that is Pakistani actors who come here and show their talents in our country should have criticised terror attacks on Indian soldier. He even requested few of them to do so but they didn't.
Chandra was quoted saying," Around nine Pakistani artistes are working here, out of those six people are what they are because of our channel. Ali Zafar, Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Veena Malik, Imran Abbas, Shafqat Amanat Ali, in sabko humne phone kiya, sabko humne request ki, ki aap kuch mat kariye, bas yeh hi kahiye ki jo terrorist attack raat ko sote hue logon par kiya gaya hai, we condemn that, don't even name Pakistan. Even then they don't want to talk about it. Let them entertain their own people. Children of our country are praying price. Can you ask the mother of a person who died while sleeping? Take her answer and then look at it. For how long you will keep art away from this?" (sic)
He assured that boycott of Pak artists on his channel is temporary till the situation between Indo-Pak doesn't settle on a good note. The Essel group chairman also disclosed his conversation with Karan Johar about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release issue. He said," Karan Johar ji se jab maine baat ki toh maine unhe aashvasan diay ki chinta mat kariye, aapki film jo complete ho chuki hai, usko release hone denge log, aur agar koi rokega toh main saamne khada hoke aapki film releas karaunga, par aage kaam mat kariye aur kya pata humare sambandh theek ho jayen." (sic) He insisted that he will ensure that KJo's film gets a proper release but asked him not to work with them (Pak artistes) till our relations with neighbouring country becomes healthy.
Credits: Mumbai Mirror