Mumbai, Oct 23: Veteran actress Shaba Azmi has slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadvis for allegedly facilitating the extortion of money from Bollywood producers. Shaba expressed her views on Twitter on Sunday, accusing him of “buying” patriotism. “What a sorry state of affairs! CM brokers deal and buys patriotism for Rs 5 crore! After Home Minister had promised peaceful passage for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ (ADHM). CM Fadvis shows scant respect for Home Minister’s assurance of safe passage for ADHM. BJP better haul him up and demand explation,” she posted.
Filmmaker Karan Johar received a major breather when the Maharashtra vnirman Se (MNS) on Saturday allowed the release of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” but with a condition.
All the producers who employed Pakistani artists, must pay Rs 5 crore each into the Indian Army’s welfare fund as atonement. Distributors and cinema owners have also come forward in support of the film.
The MNS decision followed Fadvis’ direct intervention in the matter after Union Home Minister Rajth Singh visited Mumbai and met representatives of Bollywood.
Fadvis had convened a meeting on Saturday which was attended by MNS President Raj Thackeray, Karan and Film and Television Producers Guild of India’s President Mukesh Bhatt, among others at his official residence, Varsha, to resolve the imbroglio.
“Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” has been in the news for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Thackeray said henceforth, all Pakistani artistes, including actors, singers and directors shall be permanently banned from Bollywood. Shaba also posted: “Sangh Parivar speaks in different voices most blatant expression is CM Maharashtra brokering deal with MNS instead of enforcing law and order for ADHM release...MNS will decide whether I’m patriotic or not? I bow to the Indian Constitution Raj Thackeray does not. Who’s patriotism needs questioning?” (IANS)