The Uri attack has obviously upset a majority of Indians; much discussion about the what, why and how of things has been taking place lately. Frustration is leading to more trolling, more communally-insensitive comments and (as usual) bizarre blame games.
In the recent past, singer and holder of asinine opinions Abhijeet Bhattacharya had lashed out at directors like Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt for promoting Pakistani artistes such as Fawad Khan and Atif Aslam by letting them work in their films. Bhattacharya’s outburst was to be expected perhaps because he never did manage to be as big a hit as Atif Aslam is. In Bhattacharya’s head, it is probably easier to blame Aslam than admit that someone may simply be more talented.
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Shalini Thackeray, general secretary of MNS Chitrapat Karamchari Sena, said:
“You can’t find Indian actors for your films? In this 125 crore Indian population, can’t you find a single Indian actor to cast in your films that you import people from a place like Pakistan, a country with which we all are facing a problem. It’s not a veiled threat but a direct threat. We will not allow the release of these movies here.”
MNS has also said that they will stop the release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ because it has an extended cameo by Fawad Khan and also hinder the release of Mahira’s ‘Raees’. In 2015 too, both Fawad and Mahira were targeted by the Shiv Sena.
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Merely agitating, causing damage and destruction, and threatening people who have nothing to do with Pakistan’s bigger decisions is one of the best ways to prove how ineffectual you are. These people have no long-term solutions, no concrete ideas about improvement, no sway over their allied party BJP; so as a last-ditch effort to show power, they harass those who’re as caught up in this situation as you and I.
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