Why should Bollywood display all the solidarity?

After a month long commotion over the release of Karan Johar’s film, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, MNS chief Raj Thackeray has given a green signal to its release but after putting some terms of them.

The decision came after Thackeray held a discussion with Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and film’s producers where he had made it clear that Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before the films starts playing out on the screen. The party chief also asked the producers guild to hand them over a written undertaking that “no Pakistani actors will be cast in our films”. The film makers of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ which have already cast Pakistani actors in their films will have to give Rupees 5 crore to Army welfare fund.

While the decision has come as a relief for Johar and the entire team of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which recently sparked debates, discussions across different platforms, the terms on which the film has been given a green signal are astonishing and it’s more surprising that Maharashtra’s Chief Minister had to bend before the terms and conditions put by a party which bagged only a single seat in 2014 elections.

After the Uri attacks, the whole India has been mourning over the loss of our brave soldiers and time and again, people have displayed their anger and resent on the flourishing terrorism from Pakistan’s side and India has given a befitting reply with the surgical strikes but including the space of cinema and artists over the issue of terrorism is by no means sane.

There’s no doubt that India has far better talent than the neighbouring country but then why didn’t the Modi-led-federal government which is directly affected by cross border terrorism prohibit the entry of Pakistani artists in India? When our soldiers have been at the hands of terrorist since 2014, why did Modi government issue them the visa? Probably because the government does not consider cinema as an important field to be mixed with politics.

If anything that is termed as important in border relations is our business ties and foreign policy and well, cultural relationships don’t count much but then why isn’t the same restriction being put on the business houses of the two countries which are involved in import and export of products across the border.

The whole nation should show solidarity with the soldiers and their families, including businessmen who are not stopped from making money irrespective of the tensions over the border.

India’s exports to Pakistan in 2015-16 was $2.17 billion while its imports were less than $500 million, asserting that India’s businesses are much flourishing than Pakistan. It also means that India profits more from Pakistan than Pakistan does from India. In 2015-16, India’s cotton was majorly exported to Pakistan making it the product’s largest buyer while Indian demands for cement from Pakistan have surged over the time.

Mo matter how many attacks took place at the border and the soldiers got killed at the hands of the terrorists, but neither did MSN nor any other party demand the trade between the two countries to be stopped. No anchor did shout at the top of their voice on national television and question their loyalty towards India while they were busy importing cheaper cement and exporting cotton to Pakistan.

Today, the producers guild had to bend in front of the protesting MSN members and TV anchors who questioned their loyalty and it clearly shows the double standard of not only the political parties but also of anchors who claim to be practicing true journalism.

It’s a shame in democracy if an association has to bend before the terms of a hooligan party or artists have to time and again prove their loyalty towards nation by struggling to get their works released.

While soldiers keep dying on the border, the businessmen cannot keep making pots of money and Bollywood is attacked every time. The artists do not have the sole responsibility of expressing their grief and creating a loss for themselves while the businessmen continue with the trade over the dead bodies of the soldiers.

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