Shah Rukh Khan promised Raj Thackeray he won’t work with Pakistani actors in future: MNS

To nip any such issue from cropping up and also to clarify his stance on Mahira and other Pakistani actors, SRK met MNS supremo Raj Thackeray at his residence this evening.

Written by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Updated: December 12, 2016 1:43 pm
Shah Rukh Khan in and as Raees is impressive and promising. Shah Rukh Khan in and as Raees. The actor met Raj Thackeray on Sunday to promise Pakistani actor Mahira Khan will not visit India during his film’s promotions.

Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t want any trouble before his next release, Raees. Ever since co-producer Ritesh Sidhwani stated that there is no governmental restriction on Pakistani actors from coming to India and if need be Mahira Khan would be brought here for promotions, a statement to which SRK agreed at the trailer launch, speculations were rife that it could lead to another massive protest.

To nip any such issue from cropping up and also to clarify his stance on Mahira and other Pakistani actors, SRK met MNS supremo Raj Thackeray at his residence this evening. In a meeting that lasted for almost an hour, SRK promised Raj that neither will he bring down Mahira to India for promoting Raees and nor will he work with any Pakistani actors in future.

Confirming the same to indianexpress.com, Amey Khopkar of MNS said, “There was news in the media for past one week that SRK is going to get Mahira Khan to India for film promotions. So he came here to meet Raj saheb to tell that Mahira Khan is not coming to India for any kind of film promotion and he will also not cast any Pakistani artistes in future.”

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Amey also clarified that there would be no protests from MNS as far as Raees is concerned. “In the meeting between Raj Saheb and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Producers’ Guild that took place in October, it was decided all the films that have already been shot and has Pakistani actors in it will be allowed to release and going forward no Indian producer, director or actor will work with Pakistani artistes. SRK too agreed to the same in his meeting with Raj Saheb.”

After September 18 Uri attack that left 19 Indian soldiers dead and the September 28 surgical strikes by India on Pakistan terror camps, the MNS had strongly protested against hiring of Pakistani actors by Indian filmmakers. Thackeray had vowed to stop the release of a few films in which Pakistani actors are playing roles, including Karan Johar’s recent Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan and SRK’s Raees which has cast Mahira Khan.

MNS had staged dramatic protests prior to the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil but finally relented after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis brokered peace with MNS, Johar and the Film & Television Producers Guild of India. This paved the way for the film’s peaceful release and exhibition across Maharashtra on October 28.

In 2013, SRK’s Chennai Express had run into trouble with the MNS for yanking off Marathi films to accommodate its shows in single-screen cinemas. Prior to that, SRK’s blockbuster My Name Is Khan had run into trouble with the Shiv Sena but the issue was later amicably sorted out.

Looks like Raees is now set to have a hassle free release after Raj Thackeray green lighting it.

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    A Chaurasia
    Jun 17, 2017 at 7:27 am
    Like seriously so many women in India and he casts pakistani just so he gets more money fkin muslim. he acts like he loves his country very much
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      Lovely
      Dec 12, 2016 at 2:32 pm
      So SRK has learnt some lessons about patriotism.
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        DT
        Dec 12, 2016 at 6:19 am
        phattu. phat gaiee. gunda raaj of mns - sena
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          Bharat
          Dec 12, 2016 at 11:28 am
          If govt is bowing those hater than why he should care ?? When they ask for money cm use like middle man and we are blaming him .. seriously !!!!
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            Yogesh
            Dec 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm
            Anything for money and fame
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              Aql
              Dec 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm
              From "King Khan" to "Kashkol Khan" Poor SRK you turn into beggar or (Begairat).
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                kingkhan
                Dec 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm
                Even BJP M.P Yogi Nath Support Pak Actors...he said We will not Ban Pak Actor..as it is art..Why MNS don't protest...He just want 5 Crore..Most of Indian people r corrupt.. and target honest men.. like kapil and SRK..
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                  kingkhan
                  Dec 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                  why not MMS oh MNS protest Modi who had gone to pak to wish happy birthday to pak P.M..and Salman Khan who stand against Govt on banning Pak Actor.. he just want money..Kapil Sharma already exposed them..True..
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