Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar has finally reacted to the on-going controversy surrounding Pakistani artistes in the country, saying that though he empathises with the Uri terror attack victims and understands the anger in the country, boycotting artistes from Pakistan is no solution to terrorism.
Johar's comment has come after MNS threatened Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to leave India, giving them a 48-hour ultimatum, failing which the shooting of their films would be stalled.
Fawad stars in Johar's upcoming film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,’ which is slated to release this Diwali.
"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," the director told a news channel.
"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," Karan asserted.
The 44-year-old filmmaker confessed 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."
When asked how he will deal with these threats, Johar 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."
The 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”.
"Sometimes, you just want to fold your hands and say, 'We are a creative industry. Please leave us alone. We make movies, we spread love. There are millions in the world, in our country who are happy with the work we do, allow us that...' I think we should not be those soft targets anymore. We don't matter in the scheme of things but we can make things happier and better," he concluded.