Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Amey Khopkar has threatened to oppose the release of Bollywood films starring Pakistani actors. He has also served a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani actors working in Bollywood to go back to their country.
Khopkar, who is the president of MNS Cine Artist Wing warned that if they continue to work in Bollywood, the Pakistani actors “would be taught a lesson”. The warning has been issued to protest the terrorist attack on the military camp in Uri.
Asking producers and production houses in Mumbai to stop working with Pakistani actors, MNS said the party would not allow the release of films and television serials which star these actors.
Khopkar said the party would oppose the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, directed by Karan Johar starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan along with Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, and Raees which has Pakistani actress Mahira Khan playing the female lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
The MNS leader went to the extent of threatening Pakistani actors with violence. “We will beat the Pakistani artistes...We will beat up any producer or director who work with them”.
Khopkar, had, in the past, threatened to beat up Tanmay Bhat after the stand-up comedian mimicked Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar in a Snapchat video.
A few years ago, Shiv Sena had attempted to oppose the release of Shah Rukh Khan's My name is Khan, but failed to do so after security was beefed up during the release.