Actor-director Farhan Akhtar criticised MNS’ demand that filmmakers contribute Rs 5 crore to Army welfare fund as penance for casting Pakistani artistes in their films, and said that it has set a terrible precedent. Akhtar’s remarks comes days after Director Karan Johar in a meeting with MNS chief Raj Thackeray agreed to pay Rs 5 crore and said he would not cast Pakistani artistes in future. Referring to the threats issued by the MNS over Johar’s decision to cast Pakistan actor Fawad Khan in his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Akhtar said it’s really unfortunate that this is the state of affairs. Speaking to The Indian Express during the promotion of his next film, Akhtar questioned the selective targeting of the film industry, and asked why doesn’t the government stop this 2 billion dollar business between India and Pakistan.
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