Raj Thackeray-Asha Bhosle tussle over: Sur Kshetra to premiere with Pakistani artistes

Raj Thackeray ‘permits’ airing of TV show that features Pakistani singers

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday gave the green signal to telecasting TV show Sur Kshetra featuring Pakistani artistes after the officials and producers of the channels met him here, party officials said. The show goes on air on September 8.

Earlier this week, Thackeray had reiterated the party’s threat to disrupt shooting of Sur Kshetra stating that he does not favour the same. The show will be go on air Saturday on Colors and Sahara channels. The music reality show will have two teams – one is mentored by Indian composer Himesh Reshammiya and the Pakistani team will have Atif Aslam as their guru.

Indian singing legend Asha Bhosle, popular Bangladeshi crooner Runa Laila and acclaimed Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen will judge the show.

Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors and Boney Kapoor, Director, Sahara One Media and Entertainment Ltd, met Thackeray Thursday and requested him stating that they have already shot many episodes. “We met with Mr Thackeray and told him that we have shot over 15 episodes of the show and that we are really looking forward to air the show as scheduled,” Kapoor told media persons after the meeting.

Thackeray told them that he stands by his views and that it is wrong to entertain Pakistani artistes when Indians are not welcomed in their country. He, however, gave them the green signal to air the show, a party official said. “Both Boney Kapoor and Raj Nayak met Raj Thackeray and requested him not to disrupt the show’s airing or its subsequent shooting. Raj saab, however, said that he will surely give them a go ahead, but they should ask their souls whether or not it is right to entertain Pakistani artistes, while Indians are not welcome in Pakistan,” said Shalini Thackeray, secretary of Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNCKS), the film wing of MNS.