Filmmakers who have signed Pakistani actors will have to pay Rs. 5 crore as ‘penance’ for army welfare, Raj Thackeray said today, suggesting he will not block the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, after producers promised not to use Pakistani actors in the future.
Ae Dil… director Karan Johar, producers’ guild president Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mr Thackeray, whose Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS is among outfits that had threatened to vandalise cinemas and block the film as it stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
“We had a constructive meeting. Shared emotions of industry. For us, India comes first. I have assured Chief Minister that…we’ll not work with Pakistani actors,” Mr Bhatt said.
Claiming victory, Mr Thackeray said, “All the producers who have Pakistani artistes in their film will as penance have to pay some money. I suggested Rs. 5 crore per film… and give the money to the army welfare fund.”