Days after the rabble-rouser leader, Raj Thackeray, took on eminent singer Asha Bhosle over TV reality show Sur Kshetra featuring Pakistani artistes, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief on Thursday decided not to disrupt it.
Literally playing the role of censor board, Thackeray told the show producers that he has withdrawn his agitation because the show has already been shot and a lot of investment was made. The MNS green signal came after filmmaker Boney Kapoor and the CEO of TV channel Colors, Raj Nayak, called on Thackeray at his residence.
Thackeray, who claims to be the flag-bearer of Marathi sentiments, said he decided to back out after the channel producing the show assured him that they would keep public sentiment in mind in future. Shockingly, the producers bent over backwards to please the MNS chief to get their show on air.
Thackeray had urged the Pakistani artistes who are slated to participate in the TV show to publicly condemn the Pak-sponsored violence in India and Mumbai. “Don’t come here only to make money. The Pakistani singers should come out in the open and denouncePakistan for its role in perpetrating violence on India,” he had said.