Amidst the ongoing debate over Anurag Kashyap's tweets questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Pakistan visit on his counterpart Nawaz Sharif's birthday, the Shiv Sena on Sunday condemned the director's stand and wondered whether the filmmaker was beyond all boundaries of the country.
"Today, the entire country is against Pakistan. Even the Theatre Owner's Association, many of the top most actors like Ajay Devgn has also supported the Army and India's stand. So, why is Anurag Kashyap being different? Is he beyond all boundaries of the country?" quipped Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande.
Kayande said the Prime Minister, as the representative of the country, tries to make conducive atmosphere between Pakistan and India, adding that he has done his duty.
"And I think it is everyone's responsibility to share the pride of the country. One has to sacrifice for the honour of the country," she added.
Kayande further said everyone has to sacrifice something for the country even if it means certain financial losses.
"I would like to ask Anurag Kashyap, is it only the responsibility of the armed forces and the people at large, the general citizens of the country who sacrifice something, is it not the responsibility of the actor, actresses, cricketers, even the directors, the producers," she told ANI.
The filmmaker had earlier come out in support of Karan Johar, whose upcoming directorial venture 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Fawad Khan' is facing trouble after cinema owners association decided to stall the release of movies starring Pakistani artistes.
In a series of tweets by Anurag Kashyap, he questioned the Prime Minister Modi as to why he hasn't apologized for meeting his Pakistani counterpart the same time when Karan Johar was shooting for 'ADHM.'
He tweeted, "Sir you haven't yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM.. It was dec 25th.
Same time KJo was shooting ADHM? Why?"
"The world must learn from us.. We solve all our problems by blaming it on movies and banning it.. #ADHM . With you on this @karanjohar," Kashyap tweeted.
After posting an array of tweets questioning the Prime Ministre, Kashyap did some damage control by saying, "@narendramodi I am just trying to understand the situation because I am actually dumb and I don't get it. Sorry if you feel offended.."
The Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) yesterday announced that they would not screen movies starring Pakistani artistes in the four states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.
This has put an uncertainty on the release of "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" as it features Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan. The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles.
The decision taken by COEAI mainly covers single screen theatres and comes amid tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of Uri attack last month.
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