The tensions between India and Pakistan have been a major concern in the region the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Uri and the surgical strikes by Indian army that followed. But Bollywood personalities and artistes on both sides have been soft targets in this controversy, as certain groups are trying to intimidate filmmakers whose movies have Pakistani actors.
While Karan Johar posted a video saying he won’t cast Pakistani actors in response to pressure from MNS, the party chief Raj Thackeray was adamant and called on the producer to pay Rs 5 crore as compensation for families of army men.
But even as the home ministry has promised a swift release of the film, a voice from among army men has something to say. Former Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur lashed out at Thackeray in a series of tweets describing his demand as “extortion” and stating that army doesn’t need “tainted money”.
Indian Armed Forces cannot, and SHUD NOT, become crutches 4pol ambitions. Unfortunately, this is the trend seen in recent past. Stay away pl https://t.co/BBkujRETja— Manmohan Bahadur (@BahadurManmohan) October 22, 2016
Army never doubts the love n sentiment of countrymen behind contributions to its welfare fund. From now on...? #RajThackeray 's extortion.— Manmohan Bahadur (@BahadurManmohan) October 22, 2016
Following his statements on Twitter, other users also followed suit and slammed the political party’s stance without mincing words.
MNS: 1 crore do nahi to sar fod dunga.
Fadnavis: this is extortion.
MNS: voluntarily 1 crore de nahi to sar fod dunga.
Fadnavis: ab theek h— Surgical Maithun (@Being_Humor) October 22, 2016
This is extortion. Plain and simple. What's the difference between Raj Thackeray and an underworld gangster? Nothing. https://t.co/xUmRQNBoBL— Rohan (@mojorojo) October 22, 2016
5Cr one, 5Cr two, 5Cr three.
And the nationalism badge is sold to Karan Johar by Raj Thakare via Devendra Fadanvis#ADHM— Kay P Aar (@RudrakeKP) October 22, 2016
If you ask these pseudo deshbakhts to go and fight for the nation on borders they will be the first to run away— Retarded Writer (@retardedwriter) October 20, 2016
MNS has been leading a campaign of intimidation against ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and ‘Raees’ for inclusion of Pakistani actors among their cast. It also went after actor Salman Khan for his comments in support of Pakistani artistes....