Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has now asked the makers of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and ‘Raees’ to replace the Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan from the movies. This has come days after the party called for a complete ban of Pakistani artistes.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Amey Khopkar, President of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's film wing said that the day Pakistan will stop attacking our country is the day we will extend the hand of friendship. He added that the party has nothing against art but the artistes kept quiet after the horrific Uri attacks.
"We gave them an ultimatum of 48 hours to leave India. You can rest assured that they have left, but if we find any Pakistani artiste, we won't spare (them)."
On Tuesday, MNS workers protested outside filmmaker Karan Johar's Dharma Productions office for casting Fawad in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'.
Talking about Karan, Khopkar said:
"Karan Johar isn't bigger than the government. If Karan Johar and 'Raees' makers don't replace the actors, we will not allow 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' and 'Raees' to release."
'Raees' marks Mahira's entry into Bollywood and features superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, while 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' stars Fawad with Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma.
The party's General Secretary Shalini Thackeray said:
Fawad Khan is not the only target. We are against every Pakistani actor. We will not allow any Pakistani actor to work in Mumbai."
(With IANS Inputs)