Due to the ongoing issues with MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena), Bollywood director Abhishek Jawkar has decided not to cast Pakistani actor Mawra Hocane for his film ‘Not a Prostitute’.
According to sources at Indian Express, the director who debuted with the film ‘Missing On A Weekend’ (2016), made this decision after the Uri attacks, whilst many from the film industry have spoken against the MNS decision and actions.
Jawkar explained, “I will not work with any Pakistani actors in my upcoming film Not a Prostitute or in my future projects also. I was planning to cast Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane as the leading lady of my film Not a Prostitute. But now after the Uri attack and India�۪s surgical attack reply, I strongly feel I should support my country and the soldiers fighting for our nation”.
He continued to say that he will soon be announcing the actress for this future project, “Casting a lead lady may take a week more and we�۪re planning to go on floors in November”.
Filmmakers are becoming more and more confused and in situations when it comes to casting Pakistani artistes. Some members, such as Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt have been very vocal about their views, whilst some such as Ranbir Kapoor has remained neutral.
Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan have been targeted from the beginning, but the actress has been more vocal on Twitter.