Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says the ongoing campaign against
Pakistani artistes working in India cannot be described as
nationalism, but 'schoolyard bullying'. The daughter of acclaimed
filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt took to Twitter on Friday to express her
"It is neither nationalism nor blackmail. It is schoolyard
bullying at its best and worst," Pooja tweeted.
Amidst the ongoing clamour over the cross-border tension between
India and Pakistan spilling into the entertainment world, some
Indian outfits have imposed a ban on Pakistani artistes from
India's showbiz world. A few Pakistani theatres have pulled down
Indian movies from their screens.
Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil became the first film to come
under fire for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Karan broke
his silence about the forthcoming film, which will release on
October 28, and said that he is hurt on being labelled
'anti-national' ahead of the release of his directorial and
production venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. He said he would not engage
with talent from Pakistan 'in the circumstance'.