Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | updated 07:01 AM IST

Banning films with Pakistan actors could result in losses for Indian cinema, says CBFC chief Nihalani

Updated: Oct 01, 2016 07:53 IST

Mumbai [India], Oct.1 (ANI): Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani has cautioned that while art and culture are subservient to issues of greater national import, Indian cinema could face losses if Pakistani actors are prevented from working in India.

Nihalani told ANI that film director and producer Karan Johar signed Pakistani actors when relations between India and Pakistan were good and now it would be an injustice to stop the release of their film now.

"Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between," Nihalani said.

"The way our country was developing relations with Pakistan, the same way Karan Johar and Shahrukh khan had accepted the Pakistani actors, and now, this film should be released and should not face difficulties, because through this, not only will these actors suffer losses, but also the nation and the film industry will suffer," he added.

Nihalani's comment comes in the wake of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan backing Pakistani actors and objecting to the demands of politicians like Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray to ban their entry into India following the recent terrorist strike on an army base camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.

Khan said,"They are artistes not terrorists. It's the government who gives them permits and visas."

The Bollywood icon also endorsed the Indian Army's surgical strike on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC), describing it as an apt response.

Meanwhile, Pakistan actor Fawad Khan has reportedly left India and put his plans on returning soon on hold after the MNS threatened to attack Pakistani actors if they did not leave India. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Kashmiri activist Sushil Pandit on Wednesday urged that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Government must not promote the idea of talks with separatist leaders.

Full Story >>

GST bill to be discussed in Lok Sabha today

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 06:45 IST

New Delhi [India],Mar 29 (ANI): The Lok Sabha will take up Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill for discussion and passage today.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India],Mar 29 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday slammed Congress leader M.M. Hassan for his remarks against menstruating women and asked him to think before making such immature comments.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 29 (ANI): In the wake of incidents of mass cheating being reported from Uttar Pradesh, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Wednesday said that adequate steps are being taken to eradicate the 'nakal mafia' from the state.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 29 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that the recently concluded encounter in Budgam district of Kashmir clearly depicts that supply of terrorists from across the border is continuing to disrupt the tranquility in the valley.

Full Story >>

Women activist demands counselling for Hassan

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 06:25 IST

New Delhi (India), Mar 29 (ANI): Women activist Ranjana Kumari on Wednesday asserted that Congress leader M.M.Hassan should be sent for counselling under a medical practitioner who could enlighten the politician that there is nothing pure or impure in regard with menstruation.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The government has listed the Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST) Bills in its agenda in the Lok Sabha for discussion and passage on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): While Moradabad's non-vegetarian biryani is making itself famous abroad, its taste seems to be deteriorating in Uttar Pradesh.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): A 21-year-old-woman and her friend were harassed by two police personnel today near Surajkund at Faridabad.

Full Story >>

Srinagar [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): In view of the volatile law and order situation in the Valley post the Budgam encounter, where stone pelting was also witnessed resulting in the death of three locals, Railway services will remain suspended throughout Kashmir tomorrow.

Full Story >>

Leh (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Leh Forest department on Tuesday carried out a mass plantation drive at Council Secretariat Leh, celebrating Forest Day to spread awareness among public for safeguarding the environment.

Full Story >>

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) [India] Mar. 28 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an Office Superintendent working in the office of AEN, East Coast Railways in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 20,000 from the complainant.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Mar.28 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has secured its highest conviction order under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a drug case from a special CBI court, which convicted Allauddin Sk. for the offence of money laundering under Section 4 of PMLA.

Full Story >>

Tripura: 17-year-old girl raped, murdered

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 22:22 IST

Dharmanagar (Tripura) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): In yet another incident of crime against women in the country, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered at Madhubari in Dharmanagar town of North Tripura district.

Full Story >>

Vishakapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): An eight-member gang was arrested on Tuesday in Vishakapatnam in connection with smuggling marijuana.

Full Story >>

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India] Mar. 28 (ANI): A delegation of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Embassy in Delhi visited Shimla on Tuesday after the students from Afghanistan were attacked in the city by local tourist guides.

Full Story >>

Surat (Gujarat) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): Two people were arrested in Surat in connection with the seizure of Rs 42 lakhs in demonetized notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): In the wake of the civilian casualties and injuries during the stone pelting that occurred on the sidelines of the Budgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir today, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has made a fervent appeal to the locals of the Valley to not pose as an obstruction in the path of security forces while they are combating terrorists.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 28 (ANI): Following the strike called by the meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh, the slaughter house association on Tuesday said that they do not want to make it difficult for the people and called on the state government to think about the livelihood of the shop owners.

Full Story >>

Ahmedabad (Gujarat)[India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Meteorology Department of Gujarat on Tuesday issued a yellow warning due to rise in temperature in the state for the next 48 hours.

Full Story >>