Yasir Hussain calls on Pakistani artists to boycott Bollywood

A Pakistani celebrity has given a loud and clear message to his fellow colleagues and actors to ‘Boycott Bollywood’.

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Pakistani actor Yasir Hussain has called out fellow celebrities to boycott Bollywood and openly criticise Indian government’s brutalities in Jammu Kashmir. He stated that it’s time Pakistani celebrities should draw boundaries and call the spade a spade.

Hussain expressed his views in an Instagram message. Adding that, he used to believe that art has no boundaries but India has forced them to draw the boundaries.

He asserted that he no longer cares if he would be extensively judged for his statement but he deeply feels for the people of Kashmir and regrets the injustices inflicted on them by the Indian government.

What the actor said

Taking to Instagram, the actor shared, “I want every Pakistani celebrity to announce they will never work with India. At one hand, they love occupied Kashmir but still want to go to India. This is equivalent to that you have diabetes and still want to eat cake.”

The ‘Naach Na Jaanay’ star went on to say, “Now all Pakistani artists will judge me, but I don’t care. I love Pakistan and I cry for occupied Kashmir. I’ve always believed that art has no boundaries but I think there is, and they have made it, now, we have to reciprocate.”

Pakistan, on Thursday, promulgated a ban on the screening of Indian content in Pakistani cinemas, announced adviser to Prime Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan. The decision came in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A, which led to the dissolution of the special status of Jammu Kashmir.

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Ban on Pakistani artists retained

In the wake of Pakistan’s decision, the All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) have written an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a ban on Pakistani artists. “AICWA urges all the film industry and film fraternity to put a complete stop to any association with Pakistani artists, musicians, and diplomats.

AICWA is demanding a strict “say no to Pakistan” for trade and bilateral relations. The entire film industry and cine workers have refused to work till there is no complete ban of Pakistani makers, artists and trade partners,” the letter read.

AICWA President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his bold decision of scraping off Article 370 and 35-A.

“AICWA learns that after scrapping Article 370 and 35-A Pakistan has become vulnerable in feeding their perpetrators who were directly involved in provoking Kashmiris to create a non-cooperative movement against the Indian government,” the letter stated on behalf of Gupta.

Read more: Government restricts screening of Indian movies in Pakistan

Pulwama Attack

Earlier, Cinemas in Lahore Cantonment had halted the screening of Indian movies. The ban on Indian films had been placed after the Producer’s association in India decided not to release the movies in Pakistan.

The decision was taken in retaliation to the hostile attitudes shown by India after the Pulwama terror attack. The sources stated that the ban on Indian movies has been promulgated by the Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association.

The member of the Pakistan Film Producers Association had backed the decision. He stated that “If Indian stakeholders and organizations can take a stand and do everything for the welfare of their country then why can’t we? They have banned our artists and films in the past so what’s stopping us?”

Read more: Screening of Indian movies banned in Lahore

Besides that, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had stated that Pakistani Cinema Exhibitors Association has decided to boycott the exhibition of Indian content in Pakistan after Indian Air Force intruded the airspace that is considered an open act of aggression.

Fawad Chaudhry, while speaking to media and on his Twitter account, confirmed that a formal state-level decision has been taken to boycott the import of Indian content in Pakistan. He also stated that the ban has also been extended to the Made in Indian advertisement as well.

The Indian film fraternity has already imposed a ban on Pakistani entertainers working in Bollywood after the Uri attack.