Farhan Akhtar refuses to pay 5 cr to Army for Raees; receives threat from MNS
After Farhan Akhtar, co-producer of upcoming film Raees, refused to cough up the Rs 5 crores demanded by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, the political party has threatened the makers.
According to Mid-Day, MNS cine wing president Ameya Khopkar said, "Release nazdik aane do phir dekh lenge (Let the film's release come closer, we will look into it). By the way, where were these people when the decision of donating Rs 5 crores was taken? Suddenly everyone is waking up."
He further questioned why the producers who readily pay Pakistani artistes have an issue donating money to the Indian Army.
Raees was one of the films that was targeted by MNS for casting a Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. The party had demanded all films casting Pakistani artistes to pay a sum of Rs 5 crore to the Army Welfare Fund as 'atonement' charge.
However Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment, co-producers of the Shah Rukh Khan film, refused to pay the amount saying that as law abiding tax-payers the government should protect them.
News18 quotes Farhan Akhtar as saying, "No question of giving Rs 5 crore to the Army (for Raees) as they have refused to take it."
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Earlier the director-turned-actor had said to The Indian Express that the peace deal between Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and MNS chief Raj Thackeray was unfortunate as it set a terrible precedent.