Pakistani artists found themselves in trouble earlier this week as extremist Indian party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) sought to oust them from India following the tension between the two countries over Uri attack in India.
The growing political tension between India and Pakistan has spilled over to Bollywood now. According to sources, after the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association’s (IMPPA) decision to ban Pakistani artists and technicians, actor Shah Rukh Khan has postponed the release of his upcoming film Raees, starring Pakistani actor Mahira Khan.
TP Aggarwal, President of IMPPA says, “We have passed a resolution that people who have already made the film won’t be affected by this. If the producers have completed, we will not have any problem with them but if the work is not done and they are in the position to change the actors, then they should do that.”
Besides Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which stars actor Fawad Khan, filmmaker Gauri Shinde’s upcoming Dear Zindagi, with Ali Zafar in supporting role and Rahul Dholakia’s Raees with Mahira could be affected because of the public sentiment.
Dear Zindagi is made with a budget of Rs 15 crore, Ae dil Mushkil with 55 crores and Raees has Rs 50 crore riding on his. Film distributor Sanjay Ghai says the loss for Bollywood could be visible after the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
There were rumours that actor Ajay Devgn’s upcoming film Shivaay has a Pakistani artist, but his team was quick to clarify. “There are media reports doing the rounds that Pakistani actress Saba Qamar is making her debut with Shivaay.
“IMPPA comprises of people who are very senior and it is a very old organisation. It is important to respect the decision because right now the situation is very hostile and it is basically a lot of emotional things are going in the Indian masses. We always believe art has no boundary but lot of Pakistani actors who are known should condemn every kind of terrorism. When actors condemn Paris and Istanbul attacks, why can’t they condemn attacks in India. Terrorism has no religion. Someone who is a fan of Pakistani singers can die in such attacks. Right now it is important to understand the emotion that is there in the masses,” says Bhandarkar.
“This loss will start with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. People don’t know what IMPPA is but there is a feeling of protest in the audience. Even if footfalls are not affected, there are chances of people entering the theatre and causing damage to the property. While the release might not bear the brunt, the success of the film will be affected,” says Ghai.
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