Following the attack in Uri, many Bollywood celebrities and associates have criticised Indian producers like Karan Johar for roping in Pakistani actors and actress for Indian movies. However, on Friday, the committee of film worker’s association, belonging to Raj Thackeray’s Indian Nationalists Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has given all Pakistani artists, who are currently residing in India, an ultimatum to leave the country within 48 hours or face the consequences of being pushed out by the party members.
MNS member, Amey Khopkar’s statement had been published in Indian Express in which he said ““We gave a 48 hour deadline to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India or MNS will push them out.”
Khopkar has further threatened to beat up Pakistani artists if they were to defy their commands of exiting the country. “Pakistani artistes will get beaten up. Along with them, we will also beat up whichever producer or director is with them,” he said. (Pakistani kalakaar toh maar khaingey hi, saath me jo yahan producer, director hain unko bhi peetengey) he said in Hindi, threatening Bollywood’s producers and directors who decide to further work with Pakistani artists.
Another member of the party, Shalini Thackeray has said that she and her party are not going to allow release of movies which have featured Pakistani actors and actresses. “The two movies that are going to be released are Shahrukh Khan’s Raees and Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in which Pakistani artists have acted. We are not going to allow them to release”
Although there have been counter statements made by personalities from the film industry, asking to keep political issues away from the entertainment realm, Pakistani artists seem to be in a tough spot and are predicted to face some amount of trouble for the coming few months. Their career in Bollywood are surely at stake, at least momentarily, until things take back their normal course.
As for upcoming movies, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Fawad Khan, which is due to release in October and the movie Raees featuring Mahira Khan, which is due to release next year in January, may face troubles in certain areas of India while MNS tries to put a stop on their release.