Bollywood indifferent to Raj Thackeray’s union

March 11th, 2008 - 2:22 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Raj Thackeray

Mumbai, March 11 (IANS) Members of the Bollywood film fraternity say they do not know much about the new cine workers’ association to be launched by Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), with some stressing that they did not want political parties interfering in the movie industry. The MNS has proposed to start a Maharashtra Navnirman Cine Workers’ Association.

“We have only heard that MNS has started its own cine workers’ association. Beyond that, we know nothing about it. So it will not be proper to comment on it on the basis of media reports,” veteran actor Dara Singh, president of the Cine and Television Artistes’ Association (Cintaa), told IANS.

Noted TV and cinema actor Sudhir Pandey, former president of Cintaa, pointed out that movie stars who had expressed their support for Raj Thackeray had only done it to the extent of protesting the gag order on him.

“These stars have also told the media that they had only lent their support to Raj as regards the Mumbai Police’s gag order against him and that they do not subscribe to the MNS’ agenda,” Pandey said.

He added that the actors, including Salman Khan, Suneil Shetty and Sajid Khan, had already contacted Cintaa to explain their position vis-

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