New Delhi: Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri has spoken in favour of Pakistani actors who were abruptly kicked off from the country after Maharashtra Navnirman ShivSena (MNS) threatened to beat them if they stayed.
With the entire fraternity divided over this issue, Om Puri's comment comes in the backdrop of Nana Patekar's statement where he says no one is above the country.
Om Puri said that Pakistani artists in the country were not working illegally and that if they are abruptly thrown off from India, Indian producers who had signed films with them will suffer heavy losses.
"When the government is taking an action, we all should stay quiet. It hardly matters if we send back the artists from Pakistan, who are working here, or let them stay. I have been to Pakistan six times and have met people from all strata," Puri said.
"I have always received love and warmth. If the Pakistani actors leave the projects they are doing here in middle, then people in India (filmmakers) will also face financial loss. Hence, this is insignificant. The actors have not come here through any illegal way. They have valid visa. But, if the government will ask them to leave, then it is different," Puri, who has worked in Pakistan multiple times, said.
"Having said that, the India-Pakistan situation is an extremely complex one. We are all part of the same country. 60-70 years is a very short period to actually find some kind of peaceful common ground," the 65-year-old actor said.
In the backdrop of the Uri attack where 18 soldiers were martyred, even small Indo-Pak ties have heavily suffered the brunt of public outrage inspired by political rhetoric.