Taking a strong jibe at MNS, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that entertaining Pakistani artists after payment of Rs 5 crore is like giving them opportunity. The leader of the rival party, Thackeray told Indian Express ”We oppose Pakistan at all times. But now if someone is saying that by paying Rs 5 crore, you can bring Pakistani artistes to the Indian film industry — then you are continuing to give them opportunity and trying to accommodate them. It does not sound patriotic or in the national interest to me.”
He added that political motives should be kept at a distance from the national interest. He also stood against the Central government taking credit for the surgical strikes of September 29.
Uddhav said ”Firstly, taking credit for the Army operation by central government is distasteful and demeaning. Moreover, political parties calling it fake is a derogatory, and leaders must refrain and stand by the Indian Army instead.”
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been staunchly advocating the casting of Pakistani artists in Indian projects and this has brought Karan Johar’s next in their hit list as well.
With the MNS threatening against the release of the film, their chief Raj Thackeray had said that they will let the movie release if the film producers contribute Rs 5 crore to the Army welfare.
The film producers have been trying their best to go ahead with the release with hopes from Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.