In a recent development, famous Indian film actor Salman Khan has received opposition and threats from Indian hardliner entity Shiv Sena, mainly because of his stance in the favor of Pakistani artists to continue working in the Bollywood industry.
Political tensions between India and Pakistan are nothing new, but some recent incidents have taken the flames to the space of the Indian film industry.
An event which was held in Delhi on the 30th of September, 2016, Salman Khan brought a purely artist’s viewpoint to surface, saying that “They are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism should not be mixed.”
Salman Khan passed these remarks after a ban on Pakistani artists which was put forth by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association. Salman’s comments stirred up the hot-headed ranks of Shiv Sena, which has a repute of a rather extremist organization.
Shiv Sena’s head Manisha Kayande responded in an intense manner, “Salman Khan needs to be taught a lesson. If he has so much love for Pakistani artists, he should migrate there.”
To add fuel to the flames, Subhash Desai, another leading member of Shiv Sena, came all whipping onto Salman Khan’s opinion. Subhash Desai, while calling it Salman’s own matter, thrusted the opinion that what India has received from Pakistan is enmity and only enmity, and considers it unacceptable to allow Pakistani artists to work in India.
This very trickle of Indo-Pak political tensions has also affected the release of recent Indian movie titles including “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and “Raees”.
It is learnt that Salman Khan has also played a role in trying to ease the release of the above-mentioned movies, and took the case to Raj Thackeray, who is founder and president of the right-wing party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (“Maharashtra Reformation Army”).