On Saturday, when Mahesh Bhatt landed in Chandigarh for his play titled The Last Salute, perhaps he was aware of the media queries desperately waiting for him to answer.
“I am believer of humanity, and the history says that the architects of war are never remembered.” said Mahesh bhatt,Filmmaker
India’s acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has been contributing to the entertainment sector since decades, knows how to be blunt yet humble. Moreover, he also knows how to standby on statements as they are not said for the sake of it. On Saturday, when Mahesh landed in Chandigarh for his play titled The Last Salute, perhaps he was aware of the media queries desperately waiting for him to answer. Of course, everybody knew what was going to be the subject of discussion- the ban on Pakistani artistes and Mahesh supporting the release of K Jo’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
The first question that comes his way as is ‘Why he thinks that the Pakistani artistes should not be banned in India?’ He replies, “I have already spoken a lot about the matter. However, I humbly urge all who think that Pakistani artists should be banned to kindly examine the consequences of this bitterness. Kindly retain what have built since 2003.”
Mahesh doesn’t deny the act of solidarity, but at the same time he believes that fighting for peace is much more difficult than crying for war.
“People might feel offensive with my views, but I think I have the freedom to express what I feel. I am believer of humanity, and the history says that the architects of war are never remembered. Shedding blood has never benefited anybody, anywhere,” says Mahesh.
He goes on to add, “Should we stop believing in humanity? I have always said that kill terrorism but not talks. Is penalising Karan Johar going to end terrorism in India, or in the world?”
‘Why we are supporting terrorism?’
Mahesh wonders why his own fraternity is outraged.
“Why we are letting the terrorists fulfill their agendas? I don’t want those extremists to win.
“What do you think that people are opposing Pakistani artists for the first time? No. It has happened with one of my films Saathi (1991), which had Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan. Some people boycotted it because of he was in the film,” Mahesh shares.
But, what about the ban on Indian films in Pakistan, we probe Mahesh, and he quips, “I believe that India is a great country of great people. And, it can’t retain its greatness by intimidating Pakistan.
“That what is possible with love and peace, cannot be achieved with cruelty and war,” he avers. On the work front, Mahesh will soon be coming up with his Punjabi venture titled Dushman.
The film, which has been mostly shot in Chandigarh, will be conveying the message of friendship between India and Pakistan. The shooting of the film has completed, but the release date is yet to be announced.
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