Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) Chitrapat Sena, a film union affiliated with the regional party, on Friday set a 48-hour deadline for all Pakistani artists working in India to leave the country.
Amey Khopkar who represents the MNS Chitrapat Sena said, “We gave a 48-hour deadline to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India or MNS will push them out. Pakistani kalakaar toh maar khaayenge hi, saath mein jo yahan producer/director hain unko bhi peetenge. (Pakistani artists will definitely be beaten and their producers and directors also)"
Does this mean that one of the most awaited films of 2016, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan, will face a backlash when it releases?
This is what the union had to say:
We won't let 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' & 'Raees' release as it has Pakistani actors: MNS pic.twitter.com/caq3A4XfC4— ANI (@ANI_news) September 23, 2016
This threat came in the wake of the recent terror attack on an army camp in Uri, after which the Shiv Sena and the MNS objected to artists from Pakistan working in India.
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP said,"We are talking about banning them (Pakistanis) globally. Why we are continuing talks with them? Why are we indulging in diplomacy? As a nation, we should snap all ties with Pakistan immediately."
Similar tactics have been used by the two parties in the past as well against artists from Pakistan.
Artists from across the border currently employed with Bollywood films include Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Saba Qamar, Mawra Hocane and Imran Abbas. None of them had responded to the threat from the party so far.