IMPPA refuses to retract the ban on Pakistani artists

The producers’ association restates its stand on ban. Pakistani actors will not be able to work in India anytime soon. 

Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) has decided to uphold its ban on Pakistani actors. The organization had passed a resolution to ban actors of Pakistani descent from the Indian film industry in the wake of Uri attack in September 2016.

The association of India’s top producers had opposed the paying of Rs 5 crore (INR 50 million) to Pakistani artist, Fawad Khan, for a Karan Johar directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil post the attacks that saw 18 Indian jawans dead.

Beside the romantic drama starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Khan, along with another Pakistani actor Imran Abbas, several films starring actors from across the border faced opposition. Crime action film starring Shah Rukh Khan and Pakistani artist Mahira Khan, Raees too caused turbulence on both sides of the border for artists.

In addition to IMPPA, another producers’ council Indian Film and Television Producer Council (IFTPC) is also seeking to impose a 2-year ban on the Pakistani artistes working in the multi-billion-dollar film industry. IFTPC CEO Suresh Amin, reportedly announced the intention of council at a press conference held in Mumbai on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

With a lot of money riding on their celluloid ventures, producers are playing it safe. In fact, the producers of critically acclaimed Irrfan Khan-starrer Hindi Medium have decided not to cast Pakistani actor Saba Qamar in the sequel.

Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Babul Supriyo too suggested a temporary ban on working with Pakistani artistes, at a recently held press conference.