‘No Pakistani actor is our member’, CINTAA issues a statement

Amit Behl, Senior Joint Secretary and Chairperson – Outreach Committee, CINTAA had rubbished murmurs of Pakistani artistes seeking work permit to work in the Indian entertainment industry

By Anannya Srusti

Edited by Ruchika Shah

On Wednesday (22 July, 2020), the Cine and Television Artistes’ Association had released an official statement saying that no Pakistani actor is a member of CINTAA and those Pakistani actors who had applied for a renewal of their work permits, haven’t been renewed. The statement was issued by Amit Behl, who is the Senior Joint Secretary and Chairperson – Outreach Committee, CINTAA.

The statement read, “No Pakistani actor is a CINTAA member and the Pakistani actors who had applied for the renewal of their work permits, their permits have not been renewed. We have a very strong scrutiny committee and we are very clear that we do not give membership to anyone who has anti-nationalistic feelings or any criminal records whatsoever.”

“The only thing is that in case any of our actors, technicians or anyone from the media and entertainment industry realise that they are in touch with anyone who has anti-nationalistic feelings, they should definitely dissociate themselves”, Behl further added.

The statement came as a surprise as there aren’t any reports claiming whether any Pakistani actor(s) applied for a work permit to work in India.

Beyond Bollywood contacted Amit Behl to shed more light on the need for such a statement to which he replied, “There are no Pakistani actors who are CINTAA members. Period.”

Last year, The All Indian Cine Workers Association had announced a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists in the aftermath of a major terror attack on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama that killed at least 40 personnel. While there wasn’t any official Government ban on Pakistani actors and artists in India, many entertainment bodies have refused to associate with them since then.

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