Mahesh Bhatt has always been a rebel. Recently when, after the Uri attacks, an unofficial ban was imposed on Pakistani artistes. Since then none of the Pakistani artistes have performed or acted in anything Indian. But Mahesh Bhatt is all set to change that. Mahesh Bhatt has approached Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali to sing a song for his upcoming play Milne Do.

According to the sources even singer/actor Ali Zafar was approached for the play. The play will be staged in Mumbai and Delhi in June. Talking about it Mahesh Bhatt told BT that the play is on “cross border peace and is an initiative to revive the cultural ties that were completely eroded after the extreme positions, decisions taken by both countries post the Uri attack.”

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When BT asked him Pakistani artistes’ unofficial ban he said, “The Indian government never outlawed Pakistani nationals, so there is no official ban on them. After the Uri attack, the relationship between the two countries took an extreme turn. As storytellers, we should bring people together and create empathy, and that is what we are trying to do with this play. Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who recently won an Oscar, said a very important and brave thing -`Dividing the world into the `us’ and `our enemies’ creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war’.”

While Mahesh Bhatt has already started making amends across border, his friendly gesture hasn’t gone down well with BJP spokesperson Shaina NC. She told BT, “Peace initiatives are a good idea, but when cross-border terrorism continues to exist, we can’t have Pakistan exporting terror and India importing their talent.There can’t be selective isolation -cultural ties can’t be viewed in isolation while ignoring the rest.”

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Mahesh Bhatt has signed Shafqat Amanat Ali to sing for a play!
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