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New Delhi: Amidst the controversy over ban on Pakistani actors in India post the Uri attack, a complaint has been filed against veteran actor Om Puri in Andheri police station for his recent comments on Indian Army soldiers. 

Om Puri, while speaking in support of the Pakistani actors said that banning Pakistani artistes will not change the situation between India and Pakistan.

He also said that artistes from Pakistan are not illegally working in India. If these artistes are sent back, those producers or filmmakers who have signed them for their ventures will suffer great losses.

Speaking during a debate on a leading english news channel, Om Puri passed an insensitive comment on the soldiers. His comment was, “Who had asked the soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?”

Om Puri speaking to NewsX during a debate had said, “Your films go full houses in Pakistan. The government should decide on the Visa policy. Terrorism is our common enemy. How many times has there been martial law in their country?”

He didn’t stop there. He added, “Who is attacking Pakistan’s mosques and killing their children. It is the foolishness of Pakistan, to not join hands with India to eliminate the common enemy, the terrorists.”

“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.

“Several Indians have their relatives staying across the border and vice-versa, how can they fight a war with their cross-border families,” Puri said.

“Do you want India-Pakistan enmity to turn like Israel and Palestine, and fight for ages? India is home to crores of Muslims, there is no point in prodding them for war.” the actor added.

Following Puri’s remarks on the Indian Army soldiers, he was criticised by several other bollywoods celebs and friends.

Speaking on Puri’s comment, Anupam Kher said took to Twitter and wrote, “Dear #OmPuri ji. Mai aapki bahut izzat karta hoon. Lekin kal tv per desh ke sainik ke baare mein aapki baat sunkar bahut DUKH hua. #VerySad”

Post the Uri attacks and India’s surgical strike, there has been mixed rections from celebrities, filmmakers on whether the ban on Pakistani artistes was justified. 

Several Indian artistes like Salman Khan, Salim Khan, Mahesh Bhatt have come out in support of Pakistani actors while Nana Patekar has backed the Indian army saying that army comes first than any other thing. 

First Published | 4 October 2016 5:38 PM
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