peghamNEW DELHI: Days after Bollywood superstar Salman Khan opposed ban on Pakistani artists, veteran actor Om Puri lent his support in favour of Pakistani actors, saying the ban on them will not change the situation, Indian media reported.

In a TV talk show, Om Puri said, Pakistani actors are not working illegally in India. If they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses.

He said art and politics should be kept separate and banning the artistes will not change the situation.

During a live debate Om Puri said something which did not go down well with the audience and even his friends from the industry.

During the show, Puri blasted at the anchor while talking about Indian soldiers. He said, “Who had asked the soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?”

The veteran actor called for peace between India and Pakistan saying, “Do you want India-Pakistan enmity to turn like Israel and Palestine, and fight for ages?

Several Indians have their relatives staying across the border and vice-versa, how can they fight a war with their cross-border families, he said.

Om Puri’s remarks came days after superstar Salman Khan opposed the ban too, by saying “Pakistani actors are not terrorists”.

Following his remarks about Indian soldiers, a police complaint has been filed against veteran actor. The complaint was lodged at Andheri Police Station in Mumbai, the media reported.

Om Puri visited Pakistan in August to promote the Pakistani film ‘Actor in Law”‘ in which he plays a key role.

Besides many several social media users, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit and veteran actor Anupam Kher came out against Om Puri and slammed him over his remarks.