Will attack multiplexes if they screen Fawad film: MNS
cities Updated: Oct 18, 2016 01:19 IST
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Monday threatened attacks if multiplex owners screened the upcoming Hindi film Ae Dil Hain Mushkil, as features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
The move comes after single screen theatre owners last week said they will not screen movies with Pakistani actors. MNS has asked multiplexes to follow suit and warned of violence if they screened the movie.
“We will ransack multiplexes if they go ahead with the release. There will be no compromise on an issue of nationalism. Any film featuring Pakistani actors will not be allowed,” said Ameya Khopkar, president, MNS Cine Workers Association.
The MNS has demanded that filmmaker Karan Johar replace Khan if he wants to release the film.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) condemned the move and called it blackmail.
“It is just an extortion threat given by Raj Thackeray’s party. Who is Raj Thackeray to decide which movie should be screened by multiples?” Abu Azmi, state SP president said.
The MNS’ stance on Pakistani actors comes after last month’s militant attack in Uri, where 18 jawans were killed. The party gave Pakistani artistes and actors in the city a 48-hour deadline to go back to leave India. The party’s MNS workers even launched an agitation outside Johar’s Andheri office when he defended his choice of casting Khan.