Makes an exception after channel CEO meets MNS chief

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Raj Thackeray on Thursday gave the ‘green signal’ to the broadcast of the musical reality show ‘Sur Kshetra,’ which features artists from Pakistan. However, this will be a onetime exception.

According to sources in the MNS, the party rescinded its threat as the show had already been shot and a lot of money spent.

But the ‘interim relief’ came with the caveat that in future, the MNS would not permit the broadcast of such shows.

The MNS withdrew its opposition after filmmaker and Chief Executive Officer of Colors TV Boney Kapoor, on whose channel the programme by Sahar One is set to be aired, met Mr. Thackeray at his Dadar residence, ‘Krishnakunj’ earlier in the day.

A week back the MNS chief had issued a warning to artists from across the border taking part in the show, stating that the Sena would continue opposing their participation till Pakistan stopped sponsoring terror strikes against India.

Mr. Thackeray had targeted legendary singer Asha Bhosle and had urged her not to take part in shows that featured Pakistani artists.

Ms. Bhosle, along with Pakistan singer Abida Parveen and Bangladesh singer Runa Laila are set to participate as judges in the show, set to begin on September 8.