The Shiv Sena on Monday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party, terming the decision to release Karan Johars’ film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” as an attempt “to politicize the sacrifices of Indian Army soldiers”.
In the party’s mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena said: “There were threats to burn the screens if ADHM and other Bollywood films featuring Pakistani actors were released… Now, no problems… The matchbox is empty as all the matchsticks have been taken out by the Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis). He might even use it to scratch his ears.”
The editorial, according to PTI report, said: “We don’t want to know what happened behind the scenes… But this has insulted the sacrifices of our brave soldiers.”
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has already made it clear that this was ‘extortion’ money.
“So, our Armymen’s martyrdom is valued at Rs 5 crore? Tomorrow, Pakistani artistes will start coming with cheques of Rs 5 crore and ‘watch the tamasha’ here. This will set a terrible, insensitive trend inflicting wounds on the families of the soldiers,” the editorial read.
The party has also criticised the plans to display a slide paying homage to Indian soldiers before the start of the movie.
“Did the soldiers die for this? The CM should have taken a strong stand on the issue, warned the filmmakers not to allow any movies with Pakistani artistes to be exhibited till Pakistan stops violence in Jammu and Kashmir… For doing this, you don’t need a 56-inch chest,” the edit said.
Referring to the Sena protests preceding the release of Karan Johar’s Shah Rukh Khan-starrer My Name Is Khan in 2010, it said its activists were beaten and jailed by the then Congress regime.
“We are at the forefront of all such protests against Pakitani cricketers, singers, artistes… But our activists sufferd… We want to keep alive the flame of patriotism in each and every Indian, Shiv Sena is not the sole custodian of patriotism and love for the country,” the edit noted.