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MNS says won’t oppose Mahira Khan’s Raees, Ali Zafar-starrer Dear Zindagi

Pakistani actor Mahira Khan will be making her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees and in Dear Zindagi, Ali Zafar is one of the actors paired opposite Alia Bhatt.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2016 20:06 IST
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,Maharashtra Navanirmam Sena,Karan Johar
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers staged protesting at Mumbai’s Metro Cinema to stop release of "Ae dil hai mushkil" in cinema theatres.(PTI)

After the deckswere cleared on Saturday for thesmooth release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s cine wing said they won’t oppose the release of Raees and Dear Zindagi, the other two set-for-release films starringPakistani actors.

Director KaranJohar accompanied by producers’ guild president Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that filmmakers would not work with Pakistani artistes given the people’s sentiments in India post Uri attacks.

Fadnavis met Johar and Bhatt at his residence Varsha in Mumbai on Saturday morning along with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, whose party had been opposing the release of the upcoming movie as Pakistani actor Fawad Khan features in the film.

While Fawad Khan, who has acted in a couple of Bollywood movies before, has a special appearance in the romantic-drama, another Pakistani actor Mahira Khan will be making her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees and in Dear Zindagi, Ali Zafar is one of the actors paired opposite Alia Bhatt.

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When asked if Raees will be met with the same opposition as that of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,working president of Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena,Shalini Thackeray said, “They always said that these films were shot before the (Uri) attack happened.

“So,in today’s meeting, it became clear that apart from the three films which have been completed-- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Raees and Dear Zindagi -- no other films with Pakistani artistes will be released.

“No films with Pakistani actors will be shot. This was decided by the CM, MNS, and producers guild together.”

She was speaking at a panel discussion about Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood atAaj Tak’s special event ‘Manthan’. Actors likeAshutosh Rana, Dalip Tahil and adman Prahlad Kakkar were present at the event.

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Rana said he was happy that the issue of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was resolved, but asked why only put an end to actors working in Bollywood and continue business relations with Pakistan.

“Why only cinema? I believe it should not be limited to arts. If it is about money, then what about cement, electricity? Let us say ‘we don’t want to keep any relations with you.

“It should be decided by the government. To impose a ban on arts, culture is somewhere a half-hearted attempt,” he said.

Tahil opined that under the current circumstances, film industry should understand and respect the sentiments of people.

“Considering the situation, there should be a total boycott of Pakistan. In trade, culture, every way. What happened was, after the Uri and Mumbai attack, people are enraged. But as a film industry we should realise the sentiments of the public and respect that.

“Cultural exchange happens with two hands. Our artistes and singers have been humiliated there,” Tahil added.

First Published: Oct 22, 2016 20:06 IST