Priyanka Chopra recently spoke to NDTV about the much debated ban on Pakistani artistes and claimed that it is not fair that only actors bear the brunt. As the release date comes near, Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India ruled that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad Khan would not be screened in single screens in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Gujarat.
When asked about her opinion on the debate, she said:
It’s tricky because first of all artistes and actors are always held responsible for every bigger political agenda that happens in our country. Why are only we reflecting it? Why not businesses, why not doctors, why not politicians? We always lose our focus because that makes noise. This is not at all an issue. This is entertainment. This is business. People buy ticket, watch a movie for three hours and come away. Done.
She further said:
I am extremely patriotic. So, whatever my government decides is important to keep the country safe. I don’t believe that artistes are a representation of — at least there hasn’t been an actor who has done something which has harmed someone’s life out of malice or anything. If someone needs to be hung, the one person that’s picked up is an artiste or a public person from the movie business. That to me, is not fair.
According to her:
They (families of Indian soldiers) are not concerned about who is coming into the country, doing a movie and going away. They are concerned about keeping rest of their sons and restof their soldiers safe and that needs to be our focus.