Karan Johar defends Pakistani artists, asks if banning them will stop terror


Noted film director Karan Johar has hit out at those who’ve threatened the Pakistani artists working in India to go back to Pakistan.

Speaking to NDTV, Karan, whose next move Yeh Dil Hai Mushkil has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, said that he was deeply hurt over the lost lives in Uri. He, however, said that banning Pakistani artists was not going to stop the incidents of terror in India.

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He said, “Firstly I understand the anger and the anguish that surrounds us. I empathise and my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There’s nothing that can ever explain or justify the terrible feeling of terror… My father was a part of the freedom struggle. I’ve grown up on the stories of patriotism and valour.

“This is my country and I love it.. Then you are faced with this (demand to ban Pakistani artists). If this was truly the solution, then one would take it. But this is not the solution… I feel vulnerable even while saying this.”

Amid tension in the wake of Uri terror attack, the MNS on Friday had asked Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan to leave immediately, failing which their shootings will be stalled.

Actors like Mahira Khan (starring Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Raees’) and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” star Fawad Khan are hijacking the opportunities of Indian artistes, Shalini Thackeray, wife of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, said in a press conference.

She said these two actors have been served the ultimatum to leave the country.

In Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which is slated to release next month, Fawad is in a supporting role Mahira plays the lead role opposite SRK in ‘Raees‘.

However, Mumbai police assured the actors that they need not worry as they will be given protection.


  1. BJP want to attack Pakistan and ISI and end up by taking on PAK tv actors commonly known as Kanjars, Mirasees, Bhands, and Dooms in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I call upon on all Pakis living in Pakistan, UK, USA, Canada, Dubai, Australia etc Ban Bollywood/Indian cable completely. They earn at least 30% of revenue through paki pockets.