Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who led protests against the release of the film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, Saturday told reporters that every producer who has cast Pakistani artists in their films will give Rs 5 crore to the army relief fund. He also asked Bollywood producers ‘to give in writing’ that they would not take actors from Pakistan in their films, news agency ANI reported.
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“We have always protested against Pakistani artistes but Bollywood never understood earlier. Now they have realised. Terrorist attacks have always been happening. I told Mukesh Bhatt. Pakistan bans our films and channels as per whims and fancies. So why are we rolling the red carpet for Pakistani actors, ” said Thackeray.
“CM asked me about the solution. Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starts playing out on the screens. Producers guild should give us a written undertaking that no Pakistani actors will be cast in our films,” added Thackeray.
Earlier today, after a meeting brokered by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Thackeray called off protests against the release of ADHM, scheduled to come out around Diwali. The MNS, and other nationalist groups, had kickstarted protests against the film, which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, and threatened to burn down theatres which screened it. The protests erupted following the tensions between India and Pakistan, over the Uri attack that killed 19 soldiers and subsequently the army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
The ADHM producers after the meeting today vowed not to work with Pakistani artists in future.