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MNS withdraws threat to TV show with Pak artists

Days after lashing out at singer Asha Bhosle at a public meeting,MNS chief Raj Thackeray did a volte-face on Thursday and dropped the party’s opposition to a reality show on Colors TV featuring Pakistani artists.

Days after lashing out at singer Asha Bhosle at a public meeting,MNS chief Raj Thackeray did a volte-face on Thursday and dropped the party’s opposition to a reality show on Colors TV featuring Pakistani artists.

The cine wing of the party had earlier said it would disrupt the telecast of the show,‘Sur Kshetra’.

The show,to be judged by Asha Bhosle,Abida Parveen and Runa Laila,premieres on September 8. While Himesh Reshammiya leads the team of Indian singers,Atif Aslam leads the Pakistani team.

MNS withdrew its opposition after filmmaker Boney Kapoor met Thackeray at his residence in the afternoon. The party,however,warned it would not permit such shows in future.

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“We will not allow this to happen in future,” said Amey Khopkar,president of the cine workers association.

Responding to Thackeray’s criticism,Bhosle had said “atithi devo bhava” (guest is god),to which Raj retorted it was “paisa devo bhava”. He questioned Bhosle on the need to promote and be associated with Pakistani and Bangladeshi artists when there were many talented artists India who could benefit with her guidance.