Vishal Bhardwaj is a filmmaker, writer, and singer who has presented us with some of the most intriguing Bollywood movies. Haider, Maqbool, and Omkara are some of the many movies that managed to capture our undivided attention.
Recently, he visited Pakistan after five years for attending Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) 2018. He was a dignitary attending multiple panel discussions between celebrated artists of India and Pakistan.
During one such discussion, he said that the tension between the countries can be eased by focusing on increasing cultural events. He further added that together the countries can accomplish great things. In his own words:
“I think this is the only way to bring normalcy between the two countries; more and more cultural events can bridge the gap. And it’s very sad that we are always at loggerheads. We all are alike. If we come together, we’ll be such a great force in the world in terms of everything – culturally, economically as well as politically.”
He further added that he loves Pakistan. He said:
“I love Pakistan. Whenever I come here, I find a reason to come back again. I didn’t find any changes. The only change I found is that the love for us has increased,”
Everyone is well-aware of the bilateral tensions that intensified between the countries after Uri attacks on September 18, 2016, by Pakistan, followed by surgical strikes by India. Bhardwaj further added that he thinks the cultural path is the way to bring normalcy to the relationship between the two countries. He stated:
“I think it will get smooth with time because culture is the only way possible. Generally, there are two ways to bridge the gap: cultural and political. Politics is failing in achieving that for a long time. In fact, political situation has been affecting cultural exchanges too. Therefore, culture should be left alone. “There is a need for tolerance and acceptance from both ends. It has to be a two-way thing otherwise it won’t work.”
Though he might have a point, Twitterati was quick to react to his comments and not in a good way. Here are some of the tweets that mocked the filmmaker for his love for Pakistan.
@VishalBhardwaj you love pakistan,, UP wale Bhaiye!!!
— vinay (@sh_vinay_77) April 4, 2018
If @VishalBhardwaj loves Pakistan so much & vice-versa then why don’t he fucking settle there?
Hypocrisy at peak these bollywood Con artists.
— Rohan. (@RohanAggarwal) April 3, 2018
U Nonsense people @sonamakapoor @karanjohar @BeingSalmanKhan @iamsrk @VishalBhardwaj Who loves Pakistan so much who can’t stand for their own country !!
Please go back to ur country pak !!#BanPakArtists
— Suvarna Sharma (@SuvarnaSharma4) April 3, 2018
This shameless swine and his movies must also be boycotted.
If he loves Pakistan so much then from nowonwards we have to make sure that his upcoming movies only earns in Pak and must become a disaster in India.@VishalBhardwaj#BoycottVishalBhardwaj pic.twitter.com/8gsYJPeiyb
— Dehati Babu (@dehati_thug) April 3, 2018
#BoycottPakistan Boycotting Pakistan is not enough v should ban all the liberal hypocrites who support n love Pakistan n Justify Kashmir terrorism. I’ve pledged not to buy tickets or watch any Movies which involves @VishalBhardwaj after watching Haider. Ban des pak lovers as well
— Vasant Shetty (@vasant_shetty) April 3, 2018