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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: Shabana Azmi slams Maharashtra CM for ‘buying’ patriotism from Raj Thackeray

Actor Shabana Azmi is not happy with the demands issued by MNS for lifting its ban from the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Written by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 4:06 pm
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A day after Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis brokered peace between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and filmmaker Karan Johar over the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, actor Shabana Azmi has slammed his actions in a series of tweets. The veteran actor wrote, “What a sorry state of affairs!CM brokers deal n buys patriotism for 5 crores!After Home minister had promised peaceful passage 4 #ADHM.”

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MNS had banned the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in the aftermath of Uri attack as it starred Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Yesterday, Thackeray said the ban has been lifted as Producers Guild has agreed not to work with Pakistani actors and filmmakers who have cast Pakistani actors have agreed to donate Rs 5 crore to army welfare fund.

Attacking Thackeray, Azmi wrote, “MNS will decide whether Im patriotic or not?I bow to d Indian Constitution Raj Thackeray does not.Whos patriotism needs questioning? (sic).” She also targeted the CM for bowing down to Thackeray’s demands despite Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assuring a filmmakers’ delegation that Karan Johar’s film will be released without any violence in India.

“CM Fadnavis shows scant respect for Home Ministers assurance of safe passage for #ADHM. BJP better haul him up and demand explanation,” she wrote.

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Here is all that she wrote in a series of tweets.

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Shabana was supported on the issue by actor Naseeruddin Shah. While attending a book launch on Saturday evening, he slammed MNS for its unreasonable demands. “The film industry is an easy target. They (MNS) have as much fun targeting the industry as they would have while watching films made by Bollywood. We haven’t broken diplomatic ties with Pakistan, nor are we in the state of war, or have sealed our borders. Only artistes who aim to spread the message of love and peace are being attacked, he said.

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Thackeray had on Saturday demanded that every producer, be it Karan Johar or Shah Rukh Khan, who has worked with Pakistani artistes should pay Rs. 5 crore to the army welfare fund as penance. They should hand over the cheque to Union Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar, click a picture and show it to the people, he had said. After submitting the cheque, they have to reveal the amount they have donated to Maharashtra CM and then to the MNS.

Fadnavis, meanwhile, has rejected the opposition charge that he has bowed down to MNS’ pressure. He said on Saturday, He rejected Opposition criticism that the government had shown its weakness by intervening in the matter. “If that were the case, we would not have cracked the whip against MNS activists who vandalised theatres. Nor would we go ahead with the release of the film on its scheduled date in theatres. From the very beginning, I have maintained that security will be provided to all theatres which are screening the film.”

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will release on October 28.


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  1. A
    Oct 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm
    Shabana ko bas bahana chahiye.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If CM won't do anything then she will have problem against him.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If CM spoke with MNS and sorted this issue without unnecessarily using policemen and policies, then also she has problems.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;She is lying that CM has vouched 5 Cr remarks. That's Raj Thackeray's nonsense and no one cares what he barks.
    1. K
      Oct 23, 2016 at 11:59 am
      I salute shabana for standing up against these corrupt pseudo nationalist like thapparey, shabana has always worked for the slum people of Bombay, fought for them. Why doesn't Thackery gives from his pocket to the army, why doesn't he enrolls in the army. These are just barking dogs who needs to be chained and sent to China slaughter house
      1. K
        Oct 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm
        I will be the first one to see the movie, those who bark don't bite, so KEEP BARKING YOU USELESS RSS DOGS
        1. G
          Oct 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm
          One should not respond to s and stupids like diago
          1. I
            IML sood
            Oct 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm
            Mr Setu's comments are eye opener about the real character and working of this so called actress whom many here in their comments want to defend her. Did Pak provided her so much money,fame and honour that she wants lecture us about patriotism? Is the actors from stan are more important than the honour of the country and sacrifice of our brave jawans.Very mean mentality when religion comes before this community. Shame on such narrow thinking of her and also her shameless supporters.
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