MUMBAI: Indian film actor Farhan Akhtar, whose upcoming production ‘Raees’ stars Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, has been vocal about not giving into the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) demand of contributing Rs.5 crore to the Indian Army Welfare Fund for featuring a Pakistani artist in his film.
In an interview, the actor said, “There is no question of giving Rs.5 crore to the army as they have refused to take any money which seems extorted from the producers.”
His statement came following Karan Johar’s meeting with MNS leader Raj Thackeray, mediated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, to ensure the safe release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’.
Thackeray agreed to allow the screening of the film, which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, on the condition that Karan donates a sum of Rs 5 crore to the Army Welfare Fund.
Now, MNS cine wing president Ameya Khopkar has threatened Farhan Akhtar for refusing to pay the sum. He said that once the film’s release comes closer, they will look into it. – Samaa
Story first published: 30th October 2016