In the wake of Uri attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution to ban Pakistani actors from the Indian film industry.
“IMPPA in their 87th annual general meeting passed (a resolution that) no Pakistani will be hired by their producer members forever,” producer TP Aggarwal, the president of IMPPA said. While IMPPA’s decision came a day after the surgical strikes, Raj Thackeray led-MNS issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be pushed out. Following which the concerts of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurugram, respectively, were also cancelled.
On Thursday, members of IMPPA met MNS office bearers to demand the release of movies- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees. However, MNS refused to back out from their protest saying that it was not them who are stalling the release of the movies but the will of common Indians.
The MNS has been venting its ire on Pakistani actors and artists in India and also the producers casting them in their projects, following the Uri terror attack. It has also raised a flag against Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees in which Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is playing the female lead. According to Amboli police, around 15 MNS workers were arrested after they began protesting and raising slogans against Pakistani artists in the office premises of Johar at Veera Desai Road in suburban Andheri.
“We strongly condemn Karan Johar’s point of view that banning Pakistani actors and artists would not solve the problem of terrorism. How can he give such an immature and a shallow statement? Our party workers will not allow the release of his film come what may,” Thackeray claimed.