The protest against Pakistani artists being a part of Indian films reached a new turning point today as the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association(IMPPA), head by TP Aggarwal, came to a conclusion that they will stop associating with Pakistani actors here on.
When we reached out to TP Aggarwal, President IMPPA, he asserted the move. “Yes. The decision was taken at the 77th AGM today. The meeting was attended by over 200 producers from this industry. And it was a unanimous decision that we will not work with any Pakistani artists and technicians until the relationship between our countries is better,” informed Aggarwal.
The producer known for films such as Return of Jewel Thief and Policegiri says that he has even gone ahead and removed a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan from his upcoming film Laali Ke Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana. “It was a decision taken from my heart. I think this is the least we can do to show solidarity with our armed forces,” he added. Laali Ke Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana stars Akshara Haasan, Vivaan Shah and Sanjay Mishra among others.
There is, however, a catch. While IMPPA is one of the earliest bodies of producers, it does not have in its ranks the likes of Dharma Productions, Vishesh Films and Yash Raj Films – producers who have been in the forefront when it comes to working with Pakistani talents. While Dharma has Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, featuring Fawad Khan, up for release, Yash Raj Talent boast of names like Ali Zafar.
Karan Johar in an interview to a private channel only yesterday had clearly spoken against sending Pakistani artists packing. “That is not the solution,” he had stated. Our SMS to him and Mukesh Bhatt went unanswered. "If they follow the suit it would be great. We, however, cannot influence them," added Aggarwal talking about the other bodies.
It hence remains to be seen if the Producers Guild and AMPTPP will follow the suit. Earlier this week the MNS headed by Raj Thackeray had issued a threat to all Pakistani actors in India to leave the country.