Indian Singer Asha Bhosle has responded to the warning she received from the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for participating in a music-based reality show on Colors Television, saying that she only understands the language of music and has nothing to do with politics.
"I don't like politics...I don't understand it. I love Raj Thackeray irrespective of what he thinks of me. I love Maharashtra and I am a Maharashtrian," PTI quoted Bhosale as saying.
The film wing of MNS, Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNCKS), has asked Bhosle not to judge the reality show "Sur Kshetra" that features artistes from Pakistan.
The film wing also requested the channel not to air the show and warned to disrupt the shoot if the unit fails to comply with the diktat.
For safety reasons, a police van and security personnel were dispatched at the five-star hotel, where the 79-year-old singer is currently staying at.
When Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors TV, was asked to comment on the threat, he said, "I have not received any threats. I request you all to ask questions relating to the show. Will talk about this (threat issue) later."
While talking to Press Trust of India, MNS film wing head Amey Khopkar said, "We will not allow any shoot of Colors if they go ahead, and ban products of the programme sponsors."
The show "Sur Kshetra" is a singing talent show or a musical battle between two teams in which vocalists from India and Pakistan will participate. The show is set to begin on Sep 8 on Sahara One and Colors TV.
Singer Himesh Reshammiya will lead the India team, whereas Singer Atif Aslam will lead the Pakistan team.