On Friday, Salman Khan entered the ongoing war of words about banning Pakistani artists from the Hindi film industry by saying that art and terrorism shouldn’t be mixed and Pakistani artists aren’t terrorists.
The statement invited backlash from the Shiv Sena on Saturday who said that Salman Khan too should migrate to Pakistan if he likes the Pakistani actors so much.
Speaking at an event in Delhi on Friday, Khan said, "They are artistes, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism should not be mixed.”
The Shiv Sena believes actor Salman Khan "needs to be taught a lesson" for speaking up in support of Pakistani actors. Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande said, "If he has so much love for Pakistani artistes, he should migrate to Pakistan"
Renowned filmmaker Shyam Benegal had also spoken in favour of Pakistani actors, saying they came to India because they were called for projects, and that they had nothing to do with their country's government.
On September 29, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association had passed a resolution to "ban" Pakistani actors and technicians from shooting in India till "normalcy" returned.
Khan spoke out against the ban, which was first proposed the MNS after the Uri terror attack. Channel Zee Zindagi, which used to exclusively broadcast Pakistani shows, also changed the line up of the channel by removing Pakistani shows altogether.
Last week, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena of Raj Thackeray had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artists and actors including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar to leave India by September 25 or be ready to be "pushed out”.