New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday stated that all the donations toward the Indian Army had to be voluntary and not coerced, evidently aiming to censure the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for demanding Rs 5 crore from Karan Johar.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray, after announcing that it would not protest the release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, had earlier said that all the Indian producers who employ Pakistani actors in their film will have to pay Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army’s welfare fund.
Talking to reporters, Parrikar slammed the diktat and said, “It is a voluntary donation and therefore, we are not concerned with anyone demanding something to be donated.”
“Tommorrow, if someone wants to donate for the army, then he can. The concept is voluntary donation and no catching the neck of anyone. I don’t appreciate it,” Parrikar said in New Delhi.
The Defence Minister, however, did not particularly mention any names.
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ sprung into national spotlight after MNS called for ban on Pakistani actors working in the country. Karan Johar’s new flick stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, whose appearance in the film became a reason for the calling of complete ban on the film by MNS.