After the decks were today blank for the flat release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s cine wing said they won’t oppose the release of other two films Raees and Dear Zindagi which star Pakistani actors. Director Karan Johar escorted by Producers’ Guild President Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra Chief priest Devendra Fadnavis and certain him that filmmakers would not work with Pakistani artistes given the people’s sentiments in India post Uri attacks.
Fadnavis met Johar and Bhatt at his house ‘Varsha’ here this morning along with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, whose party had been contrasting the release of the upcoming movie as Pakistani actor Fawad Khan skin in the film.
While Fawad has a special look in the romantic- drama, Pakistani actressMahira Khan will be making her Bollywood first appearance opposite Shah Rukh Khan in “Raees” and in Dear Zindagi Ali Zafar is one of the actors balancing opposite Alia Bhat
When asked if Raees will be met with the same resistance as that of “Ae Dil…”, working president of Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena, Shalini Thackeray said.
“They always said that these films were shot before the (Uri) assault happened.
“So, in today’s meeting, it became obvious that aside from the three films which have been completed– ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, ‘Raees’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’ — no other films with Pakistani artistes will be free.
“No films with Pakistani actors will be shot. This was determined by the CM, MNS, and producers guild jointly.”
She was speaking at a board discussion about Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood at Aaj Tak’s particular occasion ‘Manthan’. Actors like Ashurosh Rana, Dalip Tahil and adman Prahlad Kakkar were there at the event.
Rana said he was happy that the subject of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” was resolved, but asked why only put an finish to actors working in Bollywod and carry on business relations with Pakistan.
I believe it should not be incomplete to arts. If it is about money, then what about cement electricity? Let us say ‘we don’t want to keep any relations with you. It should be determined by the government. To inflict a ban on arts, culture is somewhere a half-hearted attempt,” he said.
Tahil opined that under the present situation, film industry should understand and admiration the sentiments of people.
“Considering the situation, there should be a total boycott of Pakistan. In trade, culture, every way. What happened was, following the Uri and Mumbai attack, people are furious. But as a film industry we should realise the sentiments of the public and respect that.
“educational exchange happens with two hands. Our artistes and singers have been humiliated there