Farhan Akhtar has received a threat from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. The reason being that he refused to cough up Rs 5 crores demanded the political party for the release of ‘Raees’. Yes, the co-producer of the Shah Rukh Khan starrer thriller said that as law abiding tax-payers the government should protect them.
‘Raees’ was one of the films that was targeted by MNS for casting a Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. The party had demanded all films casting Pakistani artistes to pay a sum of Rs 5 crore to the Army Welfare Fund as ‘atonement’ charge. Lashing out at the political party for demanding filmmakers to contribute Rs 5 crore to Army welfare fund as penance for casting Pakistani artistes in their films. Farhan said that it has set a terrible precedent.
Farhan Akhtar said, “No question of giving Rs 5 crore to the Army (for Raees) as they have refused to take it.”
MNS cine wing president Ameya Khopkar said, “Release nazdik aane do phir dekh lenge (Let the film’s release come closer, we will look into it). By the way, where were these people when the decision of donating Rs 5 crores was taken? Suddenly everyone is waking up. Why do the producers who readily pay Pakistani artistes have an issue donating money to the Indian Army.”
The ‘Rock On’ star believes that the government will provide proper security if or when any unlawful, violent protests against the film occur.
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