Relations between Pakistan and India have been on a constant decline since the Uri attack. The entire episode about the Surgical Strike further aggravated the situation. Amidst all the chaos, the art of film got sidelined somewhere and hatred took over. Many artistes, including Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan, kept their cool throughout. After Fawad Khan made a statement on Friday, Mahira Khan followed and made the following statement on her official Facebook page:
“In the 5 years that I have been working as an actor I believe that I have tried my best to keep my country’s respect intact – by being a professional and by representing Pakistan here and elsewhere to the best of my abilities. As a Pakistani and citizen of the world I strongly condemn any act of terror, any loss of human life no matter which soil it is on. I will not rejoice in bloodshed and war. I will always hope for and dream of a world where my child can live without it, and always plead with everyone to imagine a peaceful world. It has also been in this time my faith in saner minds and goodness has been restored, thank you for the messages, love and support. Hoping and praying for peace always.”
While some praised her for talking sense, some accused her of taking India’s side for she is currently working in a SRK starrer ‘Raees’ as his wife.
Earlier today, however, it has been reported by Indian Media that Mahira Khan has been dropped from Raees, in the wake of recent chaos between the two countries.
— dna (@dna) October 10, 2016
Acording to a DNA India report, “It was a very painful decision for producer Ritesh Sidhwani to take. The pressure to replace her had been building up for months. It reached a crescendo after the Uri attacks. It came to a point where it became impossible to shoot with any Pakistani. People suggested all kinds of solutions to the impasse, including shooting in Dubai. But it didn’t seem viable. Now, Mahira has unfortunately been relieved of her duties.”
However, it must be noted that the source was unnamed and no official statement has been released by the film producers, SRK or Mahira Khan herself.
Pakistani and Indian Twitterati, as usual, have thrown in their two cents regarding the entire situation. Here is a glimpse into some of them.
— Zeeshan Mahmood (@zeeshaandaar) October 10, 2016
Thank god #MahiraKhan got dropped from Raees…
— Panda (@YouthPanda) October 10, 2016
— Shazziya Mehmood (@shaziyaaM) October 10, 2016
People clearly seem to have lost their cool, even though the news has not even been confirmed by the artist herself.
— Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) October 4, 2016
Here’s hoping that the news turns out to be a rumor and nothing else so that it is easier to put a full stop to all the hatred. Art, particularly, should not become victim to politics because after all the years and through all the political upheavals, it is art that survives for generations to come.
MangoBaaz has reached out to the parties involved but there has been no confirmation from either actors till the time of publication.