NEW DELHI: Film and Television Institute of India Chairperson Gajendra Chauhan has ordered that India must ban Pakistani artist including commentators and cricketers and they should not be given any work.
“India does not need talent from outside. Not just actors, but even cricket commentators from Pakistan should not be allowed here. One never knows what sensitive information they take away from here, along with the money that goes out of the country with them,” Chauhan said.
Gajendra said, “Unlike actors from UK — like Katrina Kaif — who obtain e-visa, there is no provision of giving such visas to Pakistanis coming for work to India. He maintained that such Pakistani actors are given work permits for cultural activity.”
He said,“Even cricket commentators from Pakistan should not be allowed to work here. The actors and commentators may be passing off sensitive information from here to Pakistan.”
In 2014, A letter was written to the ministers of home and external affairs by Chauhan just after Modi Government was formed. It also included that the actors must not given work.
“I had raised the issue then and I raise it now. I spoke to MoS for home Kiren Rijiju in 2014 and he said the issue will have to be taken to Parliament for approval. Why should we entertain Pak artistes?” he added.
Chauhan asserted, “Pak territory (a reference to the revenue from places in Pak where such productions are shown)”. He said such producers should not hanker only after more money and think about ‘national interest.’