Indian army slams MNS for asking Bollywood films featuring Pakistani actors for 'penance' fund

Published: October 23, 2016

Indian army on Saturday reportedly slammed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for asking film producers employing Pakistan artistes to pay INR50 million to its welfare funds.

Bollywood films featuring Pakistani actors to give INR50 million to Indian army welfare: MNS chief

“Don’t play politics with the army, which has a strong apolitical, highly-disciplined and secular ethos. The armed forces do not want to be dragged into such low-level political wrangling,” said a senior officer. “We only accept funds that are donated voluntarily, not through such coercion or extortion,” added another officer.

Officers said an “Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties” fund was recently established after the force was approached by a large number of philanthropic organisations and individuals who wanted to donate money to assist the relatives and next of kin of soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty. “There was a surge of such requests after 10 soldiers perished in the massive avalanche in Siachen on February 3 as well as after the attack on the Uri camp on September 18 that left 19 soldiers dead,” said an officer.

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Hindu radical party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Saturday gave the green light for the release of Karan Johar’s forthcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil but said all producers who employed Pakistani artists must pay INR50 million each to the Indian Army’s welfare fund as atonement.

The decision came after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ intervened in the matter, a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Mumbai to meet representatives of Bollywood.

MNS President Raj Thackeray further said henceforth all Pakistani artistes, including actors, singers, among others, shall be permanently banned from Bollywood. “Why should Pakistani actors be given the red carpet welcome when our soldiers are being killed on the borders? Was the Uri attack the first one,” an aggressive Thackeray said.

Fadnavis convened a meeting on Saturday which was attended by Thackeray, Karan Johar and Film and Television Producers Guild of India’s President Mukesh Bhatt, among others at his official residence, Varsha, to resolve the imbroglio.

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MNS, however, imposed certain conditions to release the film. The party chief demanded a handsome contribution to the army welfare fund and “slides paying tributes to brave Indian soldiers before the start of the film in theatres” — to which both Bhatt and Johar reportedly readily agreed.

Asking all producers to ensure Pakistani artistes “don’t get entry to Bollywood”, Thackeray said producers must submit a written undertaking to MNS that they would not employ any Pakistani actors, singers, technicians, among others. “Producers will discuss the ‘atonement’ amount to be given with Fadnavis and inform us, but from today (Saturday) no more Pakistani artistes shall be hired. We will not tolerate any excuses on this,” Thackeray declared.

Earlier, the MNS said it would not allow the release of the film because it features Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan.

This article originally appeared on Times of India.



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Reader Comments (16)

  • LOL
    Oct 23, 2016 - 10:22AM

    what a country. anyone can make any decision. govt has no say whatsoever.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 23, 2016 - 12:36PM

    I think its a good move to take money from film wallas for this noble cause . Many of them never pay tax prpoerly and this way some of their ill gotten wealth can join the mainstream Recommend

  • SSH
    Oct 23, 2016 - 12:48PM

    Seeing comments from Indians really make me laugh. They are totally brainwashed by Bollywood & their Bollywood inspired Army. The world knows very well what this Indian Army is all about and nobody taking them seriously now. By the way, What happened to Modi’s claim to Isolate Pakistan??Recommend

  • Lalit
    Oct 23, 2016 - 1:27PM

    Ask Mr Cyril Almeida……Recommend

  • Maqbool Basha
    Oct 23, 2016 - 1:50PM

    @SSH: “What happened to Modi’s claim to Isolate Pakistan??” Pakistan is already isolated. Cricket gone, SAARC gone, Movies gone, Surgical strikes happened, no country shown sympathy on Pak, BRICS nations accepted Indian version though not come openly, US warning Pak every other day, FDI decreased, Reserves dwindling. Your own leaders asking why Pakistan is isolated. What further proofs required?Recommend

  • Asad Ali
    Oct 23, 2016 - 2:03PM

    Good to know there’s a bhatta mafia in India too!!Recommend

  • Soulspeek
    Oct 23, 2016 - 2:43PM

    @SSH: What happened to the dream of your Mard-e-Mujahid Army to take over Kashmir? Come and take it, if you have guts. Recommend

  • Ajju
    Oct 23, 2016 - 2:44PM

    @ssh this same Indian Army which defeated Pakistan army in just 13 days in Bangladesh in 1971. You have very short memory or knowledge of history.Recommend

  • Kushal
    Oct 23, 2016 - 2:47PM

    @SSH: congrats for successfully holding SAARC summit. Also what happened to your shouting on top voice for Kashmir. All the dossiers papers has gone for recycling.Recommend

  • kilo
    Oct 23, 2016 - 3:04PM

    Seems MNS of Bombay is similar to MQM of yore !Recommend

  • LOL
    Oct 23, 2016 - 3:46PM

    @Kushal: congrats for your failed BRICS summit. not even 1 out of 4 participants blamed Pak for terrorism as Modi wished. China even insulted your policies sitting in your country,Recommend

  • JA
    Oct 24, 2016 - 8:12AM

    It looks that the GREAT India is being ruled by fanatics like MNS. Com’n Indians, don’t let insanity prevail. Recommend

  • SSH
    Oct 24, 2016 - 10:53AM

    @Soulspeek: LOL..what happened to your Surgical Strike video?? You guys just keep living in Bollywood world!Recommend

  • SSH
    Oct 24, 2016 - 10:56AM

    @Kushal: SAARC summit has no teeth anymore…What happened to your BRIC summit? Modi got a slap from China & Russia and was told to stop crying about Uri!!Recommend

  • Kushal
    Oct 24, 2016 - 3:28PM

    @SSH: If SAARC is toothless then why dont you resign for good. Bric summit was too good thank you. Modi publicly humiliated Pakistan in front of the whole world. Russia again proved itself a all weather friend who agreed to supply s400 to India, at par with China. Recommend

  • Prabhjyot singh madan
    Oct 25, 2016 - 2:23PM

    India is not a country of four or 5 provinces. Each province is autonomous and federal govt gives assistance and grants as required by them..there is no load shedding of electricity in Bengal and we export it to persist.BTW, mns has zero base in Bengal. Ran rakhaRecommend

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