The ban on Pakistani artistes working in India after the recent Uri attack, has divided Bollywood into two segments. While some actors and filmmakers are supporting the actors from the neighbouring country, others have taken a stand against it.
Recently, Nana Patekar voiced his opinion regarding the controversy and said that nation comes first for him. "Pakistani artists are secondary. What comes first for me is my nation. I neither know nor would I want to know anyone else other than my nation. Hum kalaakar desh ke saamne khatmal ki tarah hai. Hamari keemat kuch nahi hai. (We artistes are like mere termites when compared to our nation as a whole. We are least important people)," Patekar was quoted by Times Now as saying.
"Nation comes first and that's how it should be for one and all. I have been a part of Indian army for two-and-a-half years and I know that our Jawans fighting at the border are the real heroes. Our soldiers are the biggest heroes in the world," Patekar said.
Taking a dig at Salman Khan's comment on the ban imposed on Pakistani actors, the senior actor said that people should stop listening to actors who are supporting the Pakistani actors. He also urged the people to not give importance to those actors who aren't deserving of that importance.
Recently, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray also slammed Salman for speaking in support of Pakistani artistes. Thackeray threatened to ban the superstar's films if he continues to support the actors from Pakistan.
Last week, Salman said at an event that Pakistani actors are not terrorists and that art and terrorism shouldn't be mixed.