NEW DELHI: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Manoj Tiwari, who made a name for himself as an entertainment personality before entering politics, wants to keep the artiste in himself alive, refrained from expressing his viewpoint on the demand for putting a two-year ban on Pakistani talent working in Hindi film industry.

It all started in 2016 when cross-border India-Pakistan tension spilled over into the entertainment world, with some Indian political outfits imposing a ban on Pakistanis and a few Pakistani theatres pulling down Indian movies from their big screens.

The issue resurfaced earlier this month when Union Minister Babul Supriyo said that Pakistan’s popular singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice in the song “Ishtehaar” from the Bollywood film “Welcome to New York” must be dubbed by someone else. Supriyo also demanded ban on Pakistani artistes in Bollywood.

Asked about his views on the same, Tiwari took a brief pause before choosing to steer away from the controversy.

“Hum ispe kuch nahi bolna chahte (I don’t want to say anything about the issue),” Tiwari told IANS here with a smile.

He turned the focus to how he is trying to balance his career in showbiz and political ambitions.