The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association on Thursday “banned” Pakistani actors and technicians from shooting in India till “normalcy” returned, ANI reported. The move comes after the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena last week asked all Pakistani artists to leave India, and threats were issued to Pakistan singer Shafqat Amanat Ali in Bengaluru. Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya had also criticised the Hindi film industry for what he called “breeding and feeding” Pakistani artists.
The ban will not apply to movies that have already been made, like the upcoming Ae Dil Hai Mushkil or Raees, but to future projects. The MNS had also demanded that Pakistani actors Fawad Khan (pictured above) and Mahira Khan be replaced in Raees. President of MNS’ film wing Amey Khopkar said: “The day Pakistan will stop attacking our country, we will extend the hand of friendship. We do not have anything against art but the artistes who are employed in India remained mum on the terror attack in Uri.”
The announcement came hours after India announced it had conducted “surgical strikes” on “terror” camps along the Line of Control with Pakistan. Relations between India and Pakistan soured after the militant attack in Kashmir’s Uri on September 18, where 18 soldiers died. The countries also took on each other at the United Nations General Assembly.