Ranbir Kapoor clarifies his statement about working in Pakistani films: Art is not bigger than your country – Times of India

Ranbir Kapoor had received a massive flak for expressing his desire to work in Pakistani films at the Red Sea International Film Festival held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in December last year. The actor has now clarified that his statement was misconstrued and said that art is not bigger than the country.
During his recent press meet for Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar in Chandigarh, Ranbir was asked about his statement of being open to working in Pakistani films. Responding to the question, Ranbir told the media, “I think yeh thoda mera statement misconstrue ho gaya tha. I had gone for a film festival and there were a lot of Pakistani filmmakers asking me this question, you know, ‘If you’ve got a good subject would you do it?’ So, I didn’t want it to be controversial in any way.”

He further added, “I don’t think itni bhi badi controversy hui. But, for me, films are films, art is art. I have worked with Fawad (Khan) in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. I have known a lot of artists from Pakistan. Rahat (Fateh Ali Khan) and Atif Aslam are such great singers who used to contribute to Hindi cinema. So, cinema is cinema. I don’t think cinema sees boundaries.”

“But, of course, you have to respect art but at the same time art is not bigger than your country. So, anybody who is not on good terms with your country your first priority will always be your country,” he concluded.

At the Red Sea International Film Festival, when a Pakistani filmmaker asked Ranbir whether he is open to be a part of a Pakistani film, he had replied, “Of course, sir. I think there are no boundaries for artists, especially for arts. Many congratulations to the Pakistan film industry for (The Legend Of) Maula Jatt. It is one of the biggest hits we have seen in the last few years. Of course, I would love to.”

On the work front, Ranbir is currently busy with the promotions of Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. He has recently wrapped up the shoot of Animal, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga.

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