‘This is extortion’: Twitterati say to Raj Thackeray after he asks producers to pay 5 Cr to prove ‘nationalism’

Raj Thackeray has even asked the producers to never work with Pakistani artists in future.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 22, 2016 8:26 pm
MNS chief Raj Thackeray MNS chief Raj Thackeray

Maharashta Navnirman Sena threatended Pakistani artists to go back to the country after the Uri attacks that killed 18 soldiers. They single-handedly lead the protest against the release of Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ because Fawad Khan has played a role in it. However, after repeated efforts to lift the ban, by Johar and other members of the film industry, MNS chief Raj Thakeray told reporters today that every producer who has cast Pakistani artists in their films will give Rs 5 crore to the army relief fund.

“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.

He also said that they must give the same in writing that they will not work with Pakistani artists in future. “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,” he said after the meeting brokered by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

But his move hasn’t gone down well with people on social media who see it as “extortion”. This is what Twitterati had to say.

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  1. D
    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    Raj Thackrey did a big mistake by settling with 5 cr. He should have gone ahead with the ban and face the police lathi charge and all would have supported him. I appeal to all true Indians not to watch this film for the sake of our soldiers killed.
    1. K
      Oct 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm
      "Extortion"?!? Giving money to Army welfare fund is extortion? Agreed that it is less, it should have been set as some percentage of the profit earned by the movie and all those who took stani astists in their films should be sent to the frontline to fight along side the soldiers for atleast a month. Asking the corrupt film industry to pay into Army Welfare fund is not extortion.
      1. N
        Oct 23, 2016 at 4:34 am
        if the money given is not voluntary and rather forced by threat of any sort. it is Extortion... anyway wat a slap by the army
        1. P
          Oct 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm
          You may say Jai Marati, I may say jai Hind. But Indian army is great and they fight for the country not in parochial charity under compulsion. If the film makers had voluntarily decided to donate a percentage of their profit it is different matter to show their national pride. This is something that no political party can be justified for taking law in their hand. If it is considered as a third party settlement the real fight becomes between army and film makers. Please do not down grade our army for film makers fault of bringing Pak artists.