Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor has clarified his stance following recent comments by lyricist Javed Akhtar about Pakistan. Last year, Ranbir Kapoor was asked if he would consider working on a Pakistani project, to which he responded that he believes art transcends borders and would be willing to participate if the story was compelling.
However, the actor has now stated that his previous statement was misunderstood. During a recent promotional event for his latest film, Kapoor admitted that he agreed with the question at the time to avoid controversy.
“I had gone to a film festival and there were a lot of Pakistani filmmakers who asked me if I got a good subject, would I do [a film in Pakistan]? So I didn’t want it to be as controversial as it turned out to be but for me, films are films and art is art,” he said.
“I have worked with Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, I have known a lot of artists from Pakistan like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam who are such great singers who used to contribute to Hindi cinema. So, cinema is cinema, I don’t think it has any boundaries. But, you have to respect art and at the same time, art is not bigger than your country. So, anybody who is not on good terms with your country, your first priority will always be your country,” he added.
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Watch his statement below.
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