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Karan finally opens up on controversy going on Pakistani actors


Filmmaker Karan Johar has finally spoken about the ongoing controversy surrounding Pakistani artistes. Commenting on the issue, Karan said that while his heart bleeds for the lives lost in the Uri terror attack, boycotting artistes from Pakistan is no solution to terrorism.

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“I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then you are faced in a situation such as this (asking for ban on Pak artistes). If this was truly a solution, one would take it,” he said adding, “”But this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art.”

The filmmaker further said that he feels ‘vulnerable’ while speaking about it publicly. “I feel vulnerable and scared while even saying this. I completely feel the pain and anger. If my film is targeted because of this, it will make me exceptionally sad because my intent was to put out a product out of love and nothing else,” said the 44-year-old.

When asked how he will deal with these threats, Karan said, “I don’t know… I beseech everyone to look at it holistically and understand the situation, that there is a larger situation here and it has nothing to do with banning talent. Let’s look at it from a larger perspective and find the answer.”

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The Student Of The Year director also said that sometimes-creative people feel so frustrated that they just want to fold hands and say ‘leave us alone’.

Karan added, “I am not somebody who can find the answer. I am nobody in that scheme of things. I am just a filmmaker, telling a love story. Today I feel, I am a vulnerable soft target. I have faced it, felt the repercussions of it in the past and I have constantly combated that.”