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‘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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