On Monday, during a live TV debate, senior Bollywood actor Om Puri made a comment that has infuriated a lot of people. Defending Pakistani artistes who have been banned by Indian producers from acting in Indian films until hostilities between the two nations are resolved, Puri made a clear case of why art and war shouldn't be mixed.
During the debate, referring to the soldiers, he said, "We didn't force the soldiers to join the army." "Prepare 15-20 people as suicide bombers and send them to Pakistan," the actor further added.
His comments came in the backdrop of escalating tensions between the two countries that led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) led by Raj Thackeray to issue a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes to leave the country.
The ban on Pakistani artistes have split Bollywood down the middle. While several Indian artistes, such as Mahesh Bhatt, have spoken in favour of using art to build bridges, many others, including Nana Patekar, have supported the ban.
Puri said Pakistani artistes are not working illegally here and if they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses.
"When the government is taking an action, we all should stay quiet. It hardly matters if we send back the artists from Pakistan, who are working here, or let them stay. I have been to Pakistan six times and have met people from all strata," he told News 18.
His opinion on TV debate wasn't well received on the social media and he started trending on Twitter.
Never thought someone like Om Puri ji would make such a shameful comment. Sad. This is so heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/lBPrsQLft2
— Babu Bhaiyaa (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) October 3, 2016
Nana Patekar rightly said that Bollywood ppl shud not be given importance. Country Comes first. Still we r giving importance to Om Puri.
— Amit A (@Amit_smiling) October 3, 2016
Although he did have voices in his favour too.
Why're Om Puri & Salman Khan called anti-national but not Nawaz Sharif's "friend" Sajjan Jindal or Adani who wanted to supply power to Pak?
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) October 4, 2016
Puri recently shot his first Pakistani film 'Actor In Law', directed by Nabeel Qureshi and produced by Fizza Ali Meerza, a fact that was brought up by several of his critiques on Twitter.
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— IBN 7 (@ibnkhabar) October 3, 2016
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