Pakistan bans Feroz Khan!!
Pakistan Thursday blacklisted Indian actor Feroz Khan following his allegedly objectionable remarks about the country and its people last month.
Pakistan's high commission in India and foreign and interior ministries have been directed not to issue a Pakistani visa to Khan.
The Bollywood star, while attending a party at the premiere of the Indian film "Taj Mahal" in Lahore on April 26, had made controversial remarks.
"Pakistan was made in the name of Islam but look how the Muslims here are killing one another. Have you ever heard of a Hindu killing a Muslim in the secular state of India?" He was quoted as saying by the Pakistani media.
Khan had also got into a scuffle with Sakre Aalam who was anchoring the party. The Pakistani anchor Sakre Aalam asked Manisha Koirala a question. When she hesitated before replying, the anchor remarked in zest, "Madam you are trembling so let me change the subject." The hot-blooded Feroz Khan immediately took up for Manisha and began abusing Aalam. He was apparently heard saying, "I'll bash you up if you don't apologise to Manisha."
Mahesh Bhatt, Pehlaj Nihlani and Shatrughan Sinha, all part of the Indian team at the party, had then apologised on Khan's behalf.
Later, Khan, however, said: "Believe me, I did not say anything against Pakistan. I am a Muslim and love Pakistan as much as I love India and that is why I am planning to shoot a movie in Pakistan in the near future which would be a co-production".
While Bollywood films and stars have a lot of fan following in the country, there has been a virtual ban since 1965 against release of Indian films in Pakisthan.
Pakistan, however, permitted Akbar Khan's 'Taj Mahal' and K. Asif's 'Mughal-E-Azam' to be released in the country last month.
Aamir open to Pakistani film!1
In a recent interview on the BBC Asian Network, Gagan Grewal, Aamir revealed that he would be very keen to act in Pakistani films, provided he was offered the right script.
'There's a lot of talent both in India and Pakistan,' said Aamir. 'I think the talent in both these two countries should come together and entertain the world audience. If the right offer and opportunity comes my way, I'd love to do a movie in Pakistan.'
Indian films have been banned in Pakistan since 1965, but recently a few Bollywood films have been released in theatres there.