Cannot separate art and nation: Amey Khopkar, President, MNS film wing

By: | Updated: September 28, 2016 1:06 PM

Following the outrage and controversy over the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's notice to Pakistani artists to leave India, Amey Khopkar on Wednesday told reporters that they do not have anything against individual actors.

Amey Khopkar said that these artists who get employed in India tweet sympathy during Paris and Syria attacks but remain mum on the terror attack in Uri. (ANI)Amey Khopkar said that these artists who get employed in India tweet sympathy during Paris and Syria attacks but remain mum on the terror attack in Uri. (ANI)

Following the outrage and controversy over the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s notice to Pakistani artists to leave India, Amey Khopkar on Wednesday told reporters that they do not have anything against individual actors. Although, he maintained the staunch belief that art and nation cannot be separated. He further criticised the Pakistani artists and cited the example of Paris and Syria, where the artists had been vocal in offering condolences. He said that these artists who get employed in India and get respected tweet sympathy during Paris and Syria attacks but remain mum on the terror attack in Uri.

Earlier yesterday, after issuing a 48-hour ultimatum to the Pakistani artists to leave the country, MNS workers protested outside Karan Johar’s production house. 15 of these protesters were later arrested by Mumbai police. Johar had earlier said that there was nothing wrong in casting Pakistani artist in Indian cinema. Johar had cast Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in his new movie.

MNS has continued venting out on Bollywood actors and producers, as it has done by vandalising in the past. It had raised slogans and flags against Shah Rukh Khan for casting Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in his movie, “Raees”. After 15 of the protesters were arrested, the police had served a notice to Chitrapat Kamgar Sena (MNS Films wing) President Khopkar under the section 149. The notice was sent after he and party general secretary Shalini Thackrey gave an ultimatum to Pakistani artists to leave the country.

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