MUMBAI: Shiv Sena just can’t keep out of the news. After attacking BCCI headquarters to derail the Pakistan-India cricket series, the extremist group is now targeting Pakistani actors Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan.
The Hindu extremist organisation has vowed not to let the Fawad and Mahira promote their films in Maharashtra of which Mumbai is the capital city.
Mahira’s debut Bollywood film Raees is set to be released on Eid next year and features India’s biggest star Shah Rukh Khan. Fawad’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is currently being shot in Austria and is being directed by Karan Johar.
It’s cast includes Bollywood A-listers Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and Anushka Sharma. Pakistani actor Imran Abbas also has a special appearance in the film.
“We have taken a stand not to allow any Pakistani actor, cricketer or performer to step on Maharashtra soil,” Akshay Bardapurkar, a top Shiv Sena leader said.
Earlier, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar had to cut short their stay in India and return to Pakistan due to threats from Shiv Sena. Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, The Mekaal Hasan Band and Atif Aslam’s concerts have also been cancelled recently following protests by the Hindu extremists organisation.
Bollywood megastar too has had problems with Shiv Sena. In 2013, theatre owners in Mumbai were forced to take down his posters due to pressure from the extremist organisation.
“Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return to what they refer to my original homeland [Pakistan],” SRK had then written in the Outlook Turning Points magazine.