The film workers' association of Indian nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday 'ordered' all Pakistani actors working in India to leave the country in 48 hours.
“We gave a 48-hour deadline to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India or the MNS will push them out,” The Indian Express quoted Amey Khopkar of the MNS Chitrapat Sena as having remarked.
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Khopkar also threatened to assault Pakistani artists and those who cast them. “Pakistani artists will be beaten up and so will the producers and directors," (Pakistani kalakaar toh maar khaayenge hi, saath mein jo yahan producer/director hain unko bhi peetenge), he said.
MNS leader Shalini Thackeray said they allow won't allow the release of movies featuring Pakistani artistes.
"The two movies going to be released are Shahrukh Khan's Raees and Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in which Pakistani artistes have acted. We are not going to allow them to release."
Upcoming October release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, while Mahira Khan will be seen in Raees, set to release in January next year.
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In the wake of the recent Uri attack that left 17 Indian soldiers dead, several Bollywood stars took to social media to express their anger. After Salman Khan’s father’s inappropriate remarks, Indian singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya followed suit on Thursday. The Dhoom Taana singer lashed out at fimmakers Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt for roping in Pakistani artists for Bollywood projects.
This article originally appeared on The Indian Express.
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