Producers casting Pakistani actors have to give Rs 5 crore as penance: Raj Thackeray

MNS chief Raj Thackeray promised not to defer the releasing of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil when producers promised not to cast Pakistani artists in future.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray told reporters that every producer who has cast Pakistani artists in their films will give Rs. 5 crore to the Army relief fund. He promised that he would not defer the release of  Karan Johar’s  Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Shrama and Fawad Khan-starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil when producers have promised not to cast Pakistani artists in future.

The movie director Karan Johar, producers’ guild president Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Thackeray and discussed the controversy over Ae Dil…, which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. And  a compromise was reached.  Thus paving way for the film’s Diwali release on October 28

“We had a constructive meeting. Shared emotions of the industry. For us, India comes first. I have assured Chief Minister that…we’ll not work with Pakistani actors,”  Bhatt said according to NDTV.

Thackeray said “All the producers who have Pakistani artistes in their film will as penance have to pay some money. I suggested Rs. 5 crore per film… and give the money to the army welfare fund.” “Producers guild should give us a written undertaking that no Pakistani actors will be cast in our films” MNS chief added.

Speaking to media after the meeting  Bhatt said that Karan Johar has promised to display a message honoring Indian army soldiers that will be screened before the film.

The protests erupted after Uri attack, and the following surgical strikes by India across LoC which escalated the tensions between India and Pakistan. Various fundamentalist groups have called for a widespread boycott of films by Pakistani artists. MNS and other nationalist groups have kick started protests against Ae Dil… and a section of cinema owners has declared not to release movie.

The consensus came at a time when Union Home Minister assured the producers on Thursday that there would not be any hurdles in releasing film.