Following controversies on Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threatening to vandalize movie theaters screening the movie, an India Today investigation has today found that many MNS leaders are ready to protest in the exchange of money from the party.
In a video, taken during a string operation by India Today reporters, Mohammad Athar Shah, the party’s Kurla ward president was seen agreeing to order local goons under him to rampage on street after a payment of Rs 25 lakh is made by the party. He was also heard accepting that for MNS leaders like him protesting in the name of nationalism and or to whip up Maratha issues could be purely commercial.
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In another video, Deepak Chavan, the party’s vice-president of Mumbai’s Malad-Malwani ward, was heard accepting to stage protest and arrange at least 100 protesters but wanted the protest to be severe in order to claim enough media attention.
The MNS had previously threatened to vandalize Mumbai theaters if they screen Karan Johar’s upcoming movie ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. The movie set to release tomorrow came into controversy for casting Pakistani star Fawad Khan.
Earlier, the Mumbai police detained 12 MNS protester for trying to force their way into the Mumbai’s Metro Cinema. Most of the arrested protestors had earlier criminal records and charges on them.