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Renuka Shahane pens timeline of Bollywood's tryst with nationalism

Famous Bollywood Actress Renuka Shahane Is The Latest Celebrity To Slam Cinema Owners Association’s Decision To Not Screen Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil In Four States Because It Stars Pakistani Actor Fawad Khan.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Neha Singh | Updated on: 22 Oct 2016, 03:33:05 PM
Renuka Shahane pens timeline of Bollywood's tryst with nationalism  (Image: Facebook)

New Delhi:

Famous Bollywood actress Renuka Shahane is the latest celebrity to slam Cinema Owners Association’s decision to not screen Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in four states because it stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

With the demand to ban Pakistani actors gaining momentum and its potential consequences on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which has Fawad Khan, Renuka has penned down her own timeline highlighting the hypocrisy of champions of fake nationalism on her Facebook page on Friday. The post has now gone viral.

Here is what she has written on her facebook:

Some time lines for people with short term memory only:

"Feb 3 2008: Mrs Jaya Bachchan asks, "Who is Raj Thakeray?" after MNS targets North Indians in Mumbai

Sep 8 2008: MNS targets Mr Bachchan for being brand ambassador of UP & setting up a girls school there instead of Maharashtra. Mrs Bachchan makes a sarcastic comment about speaking in Hindi at a music launch of a film.

MNS starts a stir against the release of Mr Bachchan's "The Last Lear".By that time Mrs Bachchan had come to know who Raj Thakeray was and therefore apologises for her remark.

Cut to Oct 2016: Mr Bachchan receives a personally sketched portrait by Raj Thakeray for his birthday & he gifts a watch to Raj Thakeray's son.

Somewhere along the way Mr Bachchan became brand ambassador for Gujarat

There were no protests by the MNSGuess Marathi-Gujarati bhai bhai but UP-Marathi not bhai-bhai!Now Karan Johar.

Oct 2009: MNS protests use of 'Bombay' instead of 'Mumbai' in Wake Up Sid

Karan apologises saying, " It was a genuine mistake on our part. Henceforth we will use Mumbai instead of Bombay"MNS protests withdrawn.

Bombay Times was being printed then & nowMNS doesn't protest.

Cut toSep 2016: MNS protests against the casting of a Pakistani actor in "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" in solidarity with the martyred jawaans of the horrendous Uri attack

Flashback26/11/2008: The dastardly Mumbai attacks. Many civilians killed by Pakistani terroristsTukaram Ombale martyred while capturing Kasab live.Many defence personnel are martyred.

Many Pakistani artists, singers, writers work here & go back.

2nd Jan 2016: Many defence personnel martyred at PathankotMarch 2016: Kapoor & Sons is released & becomes a hit. It has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in it.

MNS does not protest

The present:

18/10/2016: Karan Johar apologises saying he will never cast a Pakistani actor again

Exhibitors of single screens still will not show the filmOur Home Minister says that it is business as usual in the country.

Visas will be given to Pakistanis to come here & work.

There will be no ban on Pakistani actors on the part of the Central Govt

MNS does not protest our Govt's decision.

 Karan Johar is to meet the Home Minister today.

Flash forward:Karan Johar gets a portrait personally sketched by Raj Thakeray?

The present again:

After winning 3 wars at home, helping to win many in other lands, winning thousands of battles & skirmishes, being martyred in huge numbers, helping in any civil unrests, riots, natural disasters, helping all Indians irrespective of caste, race, language, gender; at last our Army has supposedly reached an International status at par with the Israeli Army that is protecting people of a land approximately 1/4th of our square kilometres and 1/100th of our complexity!!!I thought our Army was always one of the best in the World.

Meanwhile the tu tu main main over surgical strikes continue between the Congress & the BJP.

The political squabbling & posturing continues.

We might as Indian citizens be able to put our differences aside & be able to keep India above Art & Sports but will our politicians be able to keep India above Politics?

I don't think so.I don't think they will ever be able to practice what they preach!"

Renuka Shahane had earlier said its unfair that only the film industry is being targeted in the situation. “Why this outrage is selected? Why is it only Bollywood? Why other businesses or trade are being spared? Tomorrow if the government says that not artiste or sportsperson or writer from Pakistan is allowed I will stand by them but why is it selective right now?”

“Why can’t the political people come out and say that there’s a film which has maybe 300 Indians and one Pakistani who has gone back and is not going to come back early, so, why can’t we support that film?” Renuka told a news channel.Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India recently announced that no film with Pakistani actors will release in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.

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First Published : 22 Oct 2016, 02:07:00 PM

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