A few days back MNS imposed the ban on Bollywood films starring Pakistani actors. However later on Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis mediate a deal between the Producers Guild and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to allow the safe release of Karan Johar's film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Raj Thackeray also said that every producer who cast Pakistani actors in their films should give Rs 5 crores to Army Welfare Fund. Karan Johar have to donate 5 cr for a safe release of his film.
However this did not go well with the Indian army as the opposed the idea of forced charity. Speaking on the matter, Farhan Akhtar who is producing Raees says that there is no question of giving 5 crores to Army as they have refused it. He aso feels that the film industry was being selectively targeted while other industries continue business as usual.
“By all means pass a law. If you pass a law, you are representing the voice of the people. We’ve elected you to do it, so by all means pass a law. But don’t hold that standard only for the film industry. Why only the film industry? Because we are easy targets. Why don’t you stop business between India and Pakistan, this two billion dollars of business that happens every single year? Stop it, go the whole hog. This is like window dressing,” he said.
Shahrukh Khan starrer Raees has Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in the lead.