Actor Priyanka Chopra has expressed her displeasure over the demand for a blanket ban on the Pakistani artistes in India in the aftermath of the Uri attack, saying it is not justified that actors alone have to bear the brunt. Recently, Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India have announced that they won’t release films featuring Pakistani artistes in four states-- Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Gujarat.
When asked about her opinion on the matter, Priyanka said, “It’s tricky because artists and actors are always held responsible for every political controversy that happens in our country. Why only we are targeted? Why not businessmen, why not doctors, why no politicians and why not anyone else except for the actors, artistes who are part of the industry.“I’m extremely patriotic. So, whatever my government decides to do in order to keep the country safe I go with that but at the same time, I don’t believe that artists are not a representation of anything malicious, there hasn’t been an actor who has done anything to harm anyone’s life,” said Priyanka.
She also added that the families of Indian soldiers don’t care about the nationality of an actor who comes and works here and they are more concerned about the safety of their sons and the country so this should be given more attention rather than the debate on whether to ban Pakistani artistes or not.