Raj Thackeray on ADHM release: 'Producers should give in writing that they won't cast Pak actors'

After Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) took down their demands for a ban on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, party chief Raj Thackeray spoke to the media saying that they bowed down after the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis approached him for a compromise.

File image of Raj Thackeray. PTI

File image of Raj Thackeray. PTI

At the press meet Thackeray said that all the compromises reached were actually demands made by him that the film industry had to agree.

Raj Thackeray claims that he has given a diktat to all Indian filmmakers, stating from this date onwards no Pakistani artiste can be cast in a Bollywood film.

He further added that those who have finished shooting can do 'prayashcit' (penance) by donating money to the Army Relief Fund.

While Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India Ltd, said that they have agreed to contribute a portion of the films collections, Raj Thackeray claims that he has demanded Rs 5 crore as the atonement money for casting Pakistani artistes.

Thackeray has also demanded that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will have to display a slate before the film giving tribute to the soldiers who were killed in the Uri attack and most controversially, they have decided that no Pakistani artistes will henceforth be allowed to work in Bollywood films.

He also asked the Chief Minister why when Pakistani government bans Indian channels  and Indian content in their country we provide Pakistani artistes a red carpet here.

While the MNS chief might act like the victor in the controversy, it would not be wrong to say that he did not have much of a choice than to reach a compromise. With some of the party men being arrested last week, he knew that his chances to come out of this victorious were narrow. His only way to save his face from embarrassment was to reach a compromise with the chief minister.

During the press conference Thackeray first said that the Fadnavis called him to reach a compromise and then corrected himself and said when he was in conversation with the CM.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will be released, as per schedule, on 28 October.


Published Date: Oct 22, 2016 12:21 pm | Updated Date: Oct 22, 2016 12:27 pm


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