Asha Parekh urged Indians to take a strong stand against Pakistan after the neighbouring country cracked down on the sale of Indian film CDs. The veteran actress stated that the people from both countries shared cordial relations with each other, but it was the politicians of their country who were responsible for causing chaos.
In an exclusive telephonic interaction with Republic TV, Parekh was asked about the latest row over the crackdown on Indian film CDs in Pakistan. She replied, “Be it their films or our films, or their serials or our serials, they are working and people are interested to watch it; the people don’t have a problem, but it is these politicians who have a problem. We have a good behaviour with them, we have been friendly with them, their artists.”
When asked if it was high time for India to call for a complete ban on Pakistan, where India enjoys a massive big market, the actress stated, “I agree that our market is very big there. Like my bhabhi (sister-in-law) who lives there, used to come here and search for the clothes worn by the actress of ‘Kahin to Hoga’ serial, that’s how much she used to love it.”
She, however, said, “I also agree that we should take a strong stand, but everything can’t get resolved.”
Pakistan has been retaliating to the Indian Parliament scrapping Article 370, that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and Article 35A. In the latest crackdown, the country is planning to ban Indian advertisements and crack down on video stores to confiscate Indian movies CDs.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had also turned his Facebook profile picture into a blank image to protest.
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