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Abhay Deol Called Out The Government For Not Going The Distance About "Banning" Pakistan

"I don't take the government seriously because they are only banning us from collaborating with artists. They are not banning businesses from doing business."

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Last week, the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India announced that it won’t release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in single screen theatres across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa, as it stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

On Thursday, at the opening night for the Jio MAMI Film Festival, Abhay Deol was asked for his opinion on the ban and he was pretty straightforward about it.

He went on to say:


"If you want to ban anything to do with Pakistan, then go the distance. Don't just ban filmmakers. Why are you doing a half-hearted job? Ban the business dealings, the import, the exports because when you do half a job no one will take you seriously."

His cheeky, yet on-point, answer made him a trending topic last night and also got him a lot of mixed responses.

But, mostly he's been applauded for his level-headedness.

Watch his entire response here:

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