Bollywood's confusion about whether or not they want to work with Pakistani artists continues. The issue came to the fore yet again earlier this week when veteran actor Paresh Rawal told the Press Trust of India that he wanted to work in Pakistani films and television serials as Indian TV serials were "boring".
"Yes, I would love to work in Pakistani films and shows. I love all Pakistani TV serials like Humsafar, the way they act, the story, the writing, the language... It's all good. I feel our shows are boring," the Hera Pheri star had said.
But now he is distancing himself from his earlier comments, saying that he has been "misquoted".
"I never said I want to work in Pakistani films, neither it is my wish," the Lok Sabha MP who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, told ANI.
Rawal also clarified that he had never said that Indian serials were boring. "I just said that I liked Pakistan's TV serial Humsafar," he said.
From supporting the "ban" on Pakistani artistes, to stating that it "is not the actors from the neighbouring country who hurl bombs on our soldiers," and then changing his statement again, Rawal has done a fair amount of flip-flopping on the issue.
When the entire film fraternity stood divided on whether or not to release director-producer Karan Johar's blockbuster film, Ae Dil hai Mushkil, in the wake of the Uri attack, Rawal spoke out in favour of releasing the film.
Pak artist got their money n travelled club class n safely went back home ... N we punish our own prodcers for no fault of theirs .Think ?
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) October 14, 2016
Looks like the actor is developing a penchant for landing himself in controversies with his utterances. Recently, his tweets about tying the writer and activist Arundhati Roy to a jeep as a human shield was called out as an incitement to violence by many. Others however voiced their support for what he had said.
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