John Abraham said India’s foreign policies had to be sorted out before it could even think of releasing films in Pakistan. The actor stated that we needed to think about India at the moment, and that celebrities were already being punished for going to the neighbouring country.
John and his director Nikkhil Advani spoke exclusively to Republic TV as their film opened to fairly good reviews and decent first day at the box office. When asked about Pakistan retaliating by cracking down on Indian film CDs, he replied, “We have put a ban on our own artist for going to Pakistan (hinting at Mika Singh). But, at this point of time, we need to sort out our foreign policies, foreign issues before we can really think of being so superficial as to release our films there and enjoy the fruits and monies from there. I think we need to think about India first and I say this as an Indian and not as an actor.”
Nikkhil also stated that India’s films would be unaffected by the actions of the Pakistan government. He said, “Sports & Entertainment can survive without seeing a release in Pakistan.”
As a retaliatory measure against India revoking Article 370, that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status, Pakistan had first banned Indian films, before the latest crackdown on Indian advertisements and video stores selling Indian film CDs.
Earlier in the day, other celebrities like Anu Malik, Asha Parekh, Ashoke Pandit, Prem Chopra, Hans Raj Hans, Raza Murad, Ravi Kishan had reacted to the banning of Indian advertisements as well as the crackdown on Indian films. They had stated that it wouldn’t affect India, while some of them had mocked or laughed at it.
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