And an egg on the face of Bollywood apologists
When Mahesh Bhatt and his daughter went to Pakistan late last year, they had no qualms in scoring points with the local audience, at India’s expense. What better a forum to criticise human rights violations and atrocities committed by India’s armed forces in Kashmir than the Karachi Press Club. In keeping with the fad of ‘love thy neighbour’ that was at its peak in Bollywood last year, they even signed Meera, a top Pakistani actress for their next release.
And now reality has come crashing down.
The Pakistani government is considering banning Pakistani actors and actresses from appearing in Indian movies after deeming some scenes featuring Lollywood superstar Meera in Mahesh Bhattâ€™s new film to be vulgar. According to sources, Pakistani actress Meera has some scenes in Mahesh Bhattâ€™s film Nazar where she is seen kissing an Indian actor. This has prompted the government and the Ministry of Culture to impose a heavy fine on her.
A spokesman for the ministry said that Meeraâ€™s actions were against Islamic ethics and moral values. He said Pakistani actors or actresses going abroad were ambassadors of the country, and were not allowed to spread vulgarity, given that they lived in an Islamic state. [Daily Times]