Actor Fawad Khan leaves India, arrives in Pakistan: reports
In the wake of MNS’ threat to Pakistani artistes working in the country, actor Fawad Khan has allegedly left India and returned to his home country.
According to a report by Pakistan-based Geo News, Fawad left India on Tuesday morning.
Following the Uri terror attack, in which 18 Indian soldiers were martyred, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had threatened to beat up Pakistani actors if they didn’t leave the country by September 25.
“When our soldiers are being killed on the borders by Pakistan, why should we host their actors here? We warn all Pakistani actors to leave India in the next 48 hours. If they do not do so, MNS activists will give them a thrashing,” Ameya Khopkar, president of the MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sena, had said.
Fawad stars in Johar’s upcoming film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, which is slated to release this Diwali.
Sources claim that the actor chose to leave the country to avoid any untoward incident and has no plans of returning anytime soon.
Fawad and his wife are also expecting their second child in September, due to which he was going to miss the film’s promotions in October.
Meanwhile, director Karan Johar, who had questioned MNS’ move of asking Pakistani artistes to leave the country in a recent interview, has also been targeted by the party.
Around noon today, over 100 MNS party workers gathered outside his Bandra residence and staged a protest.
Later, police beefed up security outside his residence and Dharma Productions’ office in Andheri.
MNS leader Shalini Thackeray, who led today’s agitation, said, “These Pakistani artistes gain fame and money in India and till date have not spoken against Pakistan for encouraging terrorism. If Johar feels so much, let him migrate to Pakistan and make films there.”
In a letter sent by MNS to Johar’s office, the party has claimed that just as he has the liberty to make films with Pakistani artistes, they would ensure that his films are not screened in theaters.