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The president of Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association(IMPPA),T.P. Aggarwal, on Monday criticised actress Priyanka Chopra for expressing her displeasure over the demand for a blanket ban on the Pakistani artistes in India in the aftermath of Uri attack.
Aggrawal told ANI that Priyanka Chopra's father was a doctor in the Indian Army, and therefore, her comment is unfortunate.
"Priyanka Chopra comes from an army background, her father was an army doctor and he himself must have seen so many dead bodies and must have taken care of all those patients. Now, if she says this, then it is unfortunate." he said.
"If she wants to help those producers then she should also go to the high court and the supreme court and try to see that their movies get released," he added.
"In IMPPA we have not banned Pakistani actors but we have told the producers that any producer who had already made the movie, then their movies should be released and they should make new movies only when India Pakistan relations get better," said Aggrawal over the IMPPA stand.
The Indian actress finally spoke about the ongoing controversy surrounding the ban on Pakistani artistes.
Speaking to a leading English news channel, the actress said that she backs the government's stand being a patriotic Indian.
"I am extremely patriotic. So, whatever my government decides is important to keep the country safe, I go with that", said the 34-year-old star.
The 'Quantico' star, however, added that she did not believe in the artistes being a representation.
"It's tricky, because first of all artistes and actors are always held responsible for every bigger political agenda that happens in the country," she said.
"Why not business (men), politicians, doctors and why not anyone else except for public people who are not actors in the movie industry?" she continued.
The Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood were the first to bear the brunt of the hostilities between India and Pakistan post the Uri terrorist attack.
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