“Right now, the situation between India and Pakistan is very sensitive and they (Pakistani actors) should leave India,” said Nawazuddin Siddiqui at a press conference in Meerut’s Bravura Hotel on Monday evening. His response came after being asked whether just like his role in the film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he will act as a bridge between India and Pakistan and support likes of Salman Khan who gave a statement in favour of Pakistani actors working in Bollywood.
The Bollywood film industry stands divided on their views when it comes to allowing Pakistani actors to remain in India. Salman Khan, who acted along with Siddiqui in Bajrangi Bhaijan had recently said that they (Pakistani filmstars working in India) were “artistes and not terrorists”, evoking sharp reactions from various quarters.
Khan’s comments came after the Pakistani actors were given a 48-hour “deadline” by the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to leave the country in the wake of the Uri terror attack.
When Siddiqui was further asked if that means he does not belong to the group of Salman Khan and other actors favouring Pakistani actors, he said, “It is not about with which group of actors I belong to. It is a matter of our country. Aur desh se badhkar kuch nahi hai. (There is nothing superior than our country).”