There are a few names that come to our mind when we recall who got a much-deserved breakthrough in Bollywood last year and Vicky Kaushal is on top of that list. The actor — who gave brilliant performances in films like Raazi, Sanju and Manmarziyaan — has been in the news for his latest release — Uri: The Surgical Strike — Â in which he is playing an Indian commando on a mission against Pakistan following the Uri attacks of September 2016.
In spite of partaking in this agenda-driven film, Vickyâ€™s thoughts on Pakistani artistes are welcoming. In a recent interview with Bollywood Times, Vicky was asked about his take on an unofficial ban on Pakistani artistes. In response, he narrated an interesting story that led to this project; apparently director Aditya Dhar was supposed to start a movie with Fawad Khan but had to shelve it as the Uri attack took place 20 days before his film was to go on floors.
â€œFawad could not come back because he was in Pakistan at the time, so Aditya had to shelve his film. He started researching on the Uri attacks and wrote a script on it. And the reason why he couldnâ€™t make his first film is why Uri is now his first film,â€ Vicky said.
The star further said he was confused so as to how to protest when the incident happened. â€œWhen this (ban on Pakistani artists) unfolded, my mind was dilly-dallying as to whether it is right or wrong because the artists had personally done nothing,â€ he said.
â€œI used to wonder how else I could protest silently. So, the industry told the artistes from other the side of the border to go and question their own government â€˜Why are we headed in the wrong direction? What has been occurring due to which we face such a situation in our adjoining country?’â€ the actor added.
â€œI used to feel that way but at the same time, how would one feel for an army official who has lost his brother and a neighbour goes to watch a film which has a Pakistani artist. This is sad because he could just be an artist; somebody who is a civilian and loves both Pakistanis and Indians equally. We want peace. We would benefit if things proceed and we can travel to each otherâ€™s countries,â€ Vicky said.