Pakistani artistes cannot be stopped from working in India: Salman Khan

Hopping on to the bandwagon of Bollywood actors standing up against Shiv Sena’s call to ban Pakistani artists, Salman Khan has reiterated the point that art and entertainment transcend boundaries by pointing to the mass appeal of Pakistani dramas in India, reported *Hindustan Times*

He said that art and politics shouldn’t be mixed together: “Now that everything is digital, Indians love to watch each and every entertainment show, including popular Pakistani shows . So, art and entertainment have no boundaries. Entertainment is evaluated by what common people want to watch.”

Salman added that no one could put restrictions on the performers: “Politics and art should not be mixed. This is not what common people want.”

He also pointed out innumerable Bollywood fans in Pakistan: “If someone wants a Pakistani actor who can portray a role better, nobody can put a constraint. Bollywood has a huge number of fans in Pakistan and earns a good share of income from the neighbouring country.”

Only yesterday Bollywood megastar Shahrukh Khan spoke about the rising intolerance in India preceded by Sidharth Malhotra who spoke for Fawad Khan’s skill and acting.

Akshay Bardapurkar who is the General Secretary of Shiv Sena’s film wing had earlier said that Pakistani artists shouldn’t be allowed to perform because of the skirmishes at the border which eventually led to singer Ghulam Ali cancel his event.

Both Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan whose upcoming films are in works were also asked to leave India which led many members of the fraternity to raise their voice.

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