Reacting to the threat, many Bollywood celebrities said arts and culture should be kept away from politics.

Film director Anurag Basu said, "This has nothing to do with art and artists. Bollywood has never got affected with this till now and never will. The ethos of India and Bollywood is very strong, which nobody can shatter. When we go to watch a film in the theatre, you don't think if the person sitting beside you is a Hindu or a Pakistani.”

'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' film director Kabir Khan said, "I feel that arts and culture should be kept away from politics. Politics is at its place and culture exchange is at its place and above politics. There are numerous actors, singers and performers from Pakistan in our industry. They are a crucial component and they should be allowed to continue being a part of it."

Actor Emraan Hashmi said, "There should not be any bounds on creativity. we see numerous international stars performing and there shouldn't be any bounds to that. Creativity shouldn't be stifled, everyone should be there to express."

Actress Soha Ali Khan said, "As an artist, as a citizen of the country, I consider it wrong. It's not what India stands for and that's not what films and art stand for. So, along with all the authors who're giving back their awards, so that's what we need to do."

Director Omung Kumar said, "It's not correct and I think it'll die down, but this shouldn't happen. Films could be affected and will get affected but hopefully people are working it out and I think it wouldn't be for a long time."


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