Humara Pakistan controversy: MNS calls Mika ‘unpatriotic’, burns an effigy of him in Mumbai
The Raj Thackeray-led party said it would stage protests in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik to burn the Pakistani flag and effigies of Mikamumbai Updated: Aug 05, 2017 14:49 IST
After attacking Shahrukh Khan and Karan Johar over the Pakistani actors starring in their films, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) next target is singer Mika Singh. Reason: Singh referred to Pakistan as ‘Humara Pakistan’ in a promotional video of his Houston concert.
In the video, the singer said the concert would be held in celebration of India’s Independence Day, which falls on August 15, and Pakistan’s Independence Day, which is on August 14.
In response, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS staged protests in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik on Saturday to burn the Pakistani flag and effigies of Mika.
Ameya Khopkar, who heads the MNS Cine Workers Association, said Mika should cancel the show or face the consequences. “Here, Indian soldiers are being killed by Pakistani forces and we have a singer like Mika performing a ‘Humara Pakistan’ show. If Mika performs, he will face an MNS-style welcome in Mumbai,” he said.
Khopkar said the MNS would not allow Mika to perform in Maharashtra. “We challenge him to hold a concert in Maharashtra. We will not allow such an unpatriotic man to perform here,” said Khopkar.
However, the party has drawn flak for its strong-arm tactics. “If the MNS has any grievances, let them complain to the police and allow the law to decide upon a course of action. Threatening Singh is wrong,” said Jatin Desai, general secretary, Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy.
Following the September Uri attacks, in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed, the MNS stepped up its opposition to Pakistani artistes in Bollywood films. It issued an ultimatum, ordering them to leave India within 48 hours.
It also announced that it would not allow Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ to be released as it starred Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. It said it would also stall the release of Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Raees’, in which Pakistani actor Mahira Khan featured.
Only after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis intervened, was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil released. Shahrukh only got the green-light after he personally met Raj at his residence to assure him that Mahira would not be part of the film’s promotions.