Not right to drag Pak actors in the controversy: NCP

By: | Published: September 28, 2016 7:37 PM

With the Raj Thackeray-led MNS asking Pakistani film artistes to leave the country after Uri terror attack, NCP leader Tariq Anwar today said dragging the artistes into the controversy was not right as a lot of Indian investment was riding on them.

With the Raj Thackeray-led MNS asking Pakistani film artistes to leave the country after Uri terror attack, NCP leader Tariq Anwar today said dragging the artistes into the controversy was not right as a lot of Indian investment was riding on them.(Express Photo)With the Raj Thackeray-led MNS asking Pakistani film artistes to leave the country after Uri terror attack, NCP leader Tariq Anwar today said dragging the artistes into the controversy was not right as a lot of Indian investment was riding on them.(Express Photo)

With the Raj Thackeray-led MNS asking Pakistani film artistes to leave the country after Uri terror attack, NCP leader Tariq Anwar today said dragging the artistes into the controversy was not right as a lot of Indian investment was riding on them. The NCP MP from Bihar said targeting the movies with Pakistani actors was unfair as the producers, directors and fellow artistes involved in these films were Indians.

“This is a debatable issue because Indian producers have invested a lot in such films,” he said.

The artistes who have drwan the ire of MNS include Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan, who is playing a supporting role in Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. Pakistani actress Mahira Khan essays the lead role opposite Shahrukh Khan in “Raees”, which will also mark her Bollywood debut.

Ali Zafar, known for films like “Tere Bin Laden” and “Mere Brother Ki Dhulhan”, will be seen next in Gauri Shinde’s “Dear Zindagi”.

Amid tension in the wake of the Uri attack that left 18 soldiers dead, the MNS had asked the Pakistani artistes to leave India immediately, failing which the shooting of their movies and screening will be stalled.

With many states gearing up for the respective Assembly elections next year, Anwar said the party was ready to align with “secular forces” to stop the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. He added that the party will enter the fray with all its strength in Gujarat.

Attacking the NDA government, Anwar said the Narendra Modi-led dispensation has failed on several counts as it has not been able to keep up its promises, including on bringing back black money.

He claimed the voluntary Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS) under which tax evaders have to pay a hefty penalty has also received lukewarm response.

“Every community and section of society is disillusioned with this government,” the NCP leader alleged.

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