After a long stand against the release of
and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Raees, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena agreed to let the films release smoothly after Karan Johar and other producers agreed to their demands. The main demand was the ban on Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar and Mahira Khan. This demand was met and post this, the Film Producers Guild issued a statement that MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) has agreed not to oppose films starring Pakistani artistes that are complete or under production. However, there hasn't been any change of heart for the Pakistani artistes and here's what MNS chief Shalini Thackeray has to say...
Only three escapees
However, MNS Chief Shalini Thackeray, has clarified that the agreement applies to only three movies. "They had discussed and specified three movies and it applies to them including
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and a movie called Raees and nothing beyond this," she said. Furthermore, she said that the decision was taken keeping in mind that the three films were complete and that the shooting had ended. Dear Zindagi
The ban is forever
She added that the Film Producers Guild had agreed to an all-time ban on all Pakistani artistes, "We made it clear that we wanted a permanent ban on Pakistani artistes, technicians and singers. We will ensure that no filmmaker works with Pak artistes in the future, even if the relations between the two countries improve. It is not timely or periodic, it will be forever and we will ensure that it is complied with," she said.
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When asked about what led to the change in the MNS stance, she said, "There was no change of heart. We started with this issue a month back and called for a ban on Pakistani artistes. The industry refused to take our call after which we took a stand that we would also protest against the release of films starring them. When we realised that the issue of ban on Pakistani artistes was being sorted out with the involvement of the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, we decided to take this decision. Nobody can say that we did it without taking the Government into confidence," she added.
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Blaming the producers
When told that the Government had not stopped issuing visas to Pakistani artistes, she said, "The Government should do that but the artistes can secure visas only if they have a valid contract with producers here. It is only then that they get the required visas. There should definitely be stringent laws on the same."
What do you guys think about this latest update on the ban on Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan and
Mahira Khan? Tell us about your thoughts in the comments section below! Also check out how Fawad was dropped from the cover of a popular magazine following the controversy in the video right here: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil VIDEO
(Text by Manishaa R)
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