Ajay Devgn will have the last laugh!
MNS’ controversial ban on Pakistani actors has naturally put to rest the money-for -promotions row raging between Ajay, Karan Johar and Kamaal Rashid Khan. There are doubts whether the Karan Johar’s much-anticipated Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will be released on the same day as Shivaay as Fawad Khan is acting in the former.
There are even threats by MSN to stop the screening of Johar’s movie.
Earlier, Devgn accused actor and self-proclaimed film critic Kamaal Rashid Khan of claiming that filmmaker Karan Johar paid him Rs. 25 lakhs to praise Johar’s upcoming film and badmouth Devgn’s Shivaay.
Both films — Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay — are scheduled for an October 28 release. As things stand now, probably, Shivaay won’t have a competitor at the box office!
Ajay has become the first A-list star to openly confess that he won’t work with any Pakistani artiste.
During his interview with CNN News 18, the actor explained why he wouldn’t work with Pakistani stars.
“We all want peace, lekin taali ek haath se nehi bajti (you can’t clap with one hand). I heard some people saying talks are the only way to continue but talks have been going on. You keep talking to people and they come and kill you then you still continue your dialogue. I want to see you getting into a fight with somebody and after he gives you a tight slap on your face and you say okay let’s have a talk right now. What will your reaction be instantly?” the actor asked.
The interviewer even directly asked him if he was taking a pro-BJP stance since the actor had campaigned for the political party in the past, and also his wife, Kajol have earlier praised one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Swacch Bharat initiative.
Ajay Devgn was not the only actor who openly expressed his opinion.
On social media, an angry Akshay Kumar expressed his shock that some people are debating the ban on Pakistani artistes at a time when soldiers are being killed in terror attack. A family who has a son or father in the army, fighting in the battle field is least concerned about which Bollywood film released and whether it has Pakistani artistes, he said in a video message.
Other actors such as Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have also tweeted their support and lauded the government on the surgical strike.
Several Pakistan-origin artistes now living India have spoken in favour of India.
In response to an earlier post with the headline “Javed Akhtar lashes out at Pakistani actors”, a CINEWS reader comments: “Javed Akhtar’s logic does not make any sense. These are singers and actors from Pakistan trying to make a living. They are not politicians. All they would want is good relations between the two neighbours. Any comment on their part would be counter -productive. Javed Akhtar of all people being an artist himself should be sensitive to their situation. He should be promoting understanding between the two countries.” – CINEWS