Pak actors row: Salim Khan defends son Salman, KJo

Superstar Salman Khan recently invited a lot of backlash from various quarters, after he expressed his opinion about the ban on Pakistani artistes working in India. While the ‘Dabangg’ actor refrained from getting into the argument further, his father Salim Khan came to his defence.

The veteran scriptwriter in a series of sarcastic tweets, took a dig at all those who criticised Salman and filmmaker Karan Johar who also opposed the ban.

Speaking at a recent event, Salman had said that there should be a distinction between artistes and terrorists. Pakistani actors come to India on visa provided by the government, and art and terrorism should not be mixed, the actor had stated. Karan Johar, whose directorial ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ release is in trouble as Pakistani actor Fawad Khan stars in it, had said that banning artistes was not a solution to terrorism.   

Both of them were slammed for talking peace by a section of politicians and some people in general.

In a tongue-in-cheek tweet, Salim Khan wrote, “Breaking news Saeed, Lakhvi & Masood replaced by Salman Khan, Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar & (Sitaram) Yechury on the most wanted list of Times Now, as these people are a big threat to the unity of our country.

“Take heart gentlemen at least you are in the job of entertaining people, rather than in a job of shouting, screaming, hurting & humiliating people. Mr Yechury careful, talking of peace will make you a traitor.”

Salim Khan also told filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt that “our country has no dearth of intense and dramatic actors on TV then why look across the border.”

The director had earlier posted a hand-written note on Twitter urging the lawmakers of both India and Pakistan to promote peace and not war with the hashtag #kill terrorists, not talks.

Bhatt’s appeal incurred the wrath of a section of social media users, with one twitterati commenting that the support for Pakistani actors is due to the “greed for money of a few retards from Bollywood.”