Bollywood Actor Ajay Devgn on Saturday said that Pakistani artistes should not be banned but there is a need to stand by the country in the present situation.
The actor had recently said he will respect the national sentiments and will not work with artistes from across the border but it seems he has softened his stand on the matter.
“I have worked with Pakistani actors, Pakistanis singers have sung for me. My life’s best music has been by Nusrat Fateh saab in ‘Kachche Dhaage’. Pakistani actors have worked with me.
“We should work in the future too. But sometimes certain situations arise. Right now, they shouldn’t be banned, but we have to decide to stand by the country,” Devgn said at Aaj Tak’s ‘Manthan’, which he attended with wife Kajol.
“If our security forces are fighting there, you can’t say let them do what they want. It doesn’t happen that way. I hope the problem is solved soon, so we start working again.
“Even they (Pakistan) have put a ban on us, on films and television. If they are standing with their nation, we should stand by our nation too. Why are we fighting amongst ourselves?,” he said.
The actor, whose film “Shivaay” is set to clash at the box office “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, said it is not “regressive” to say that your country comes first.
“Yes (for me) nation comes first, because it is not a regressive thinking. Someone asked me, ‘Is it regressive thinking?’ But how can you call it that?
“It happens in the US too. When there is a problem, even they say ‘country first’, whether an actor or a producer. When there is no problem, you work together, when there is some tension, you stand by the nation,” he said.