01:01 GMT14 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood’s alleged relationship with the underworld is often talked about with news of death threats to directors and producers often making the headlines. Actor Sanjay Dutt's involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts is the most notorious incident involving Bollywood and organised crime.

    Bollywood has once again landed in hot water amid alleged linkups with Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency.

    Twitter is flooded with pictures of Bollywood’s A-ranking stars posing with influential Pakistanis and Indian origin US-based businessman, who is known for advocating Kashmiri independence.

    The controversy has raged as India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party vice president Baijayant Jay Panda on Thursday warned the film industry to sever ties with Pakistanis.

    "Came across shocking threads documenting personal & business links of some Bollywood personalities with certain Pakistanis & NRIs with undeniable track record encouraging violence in J&K, who have verifiable links to ISI & Pak army. I urge patriotic Bollywoodies to renounce them," Panda tweeted.

    Social media users are demanding an investigation into Bollywood celebrities’ association with influential Pakistani citizens.

    BJP politician Panda stated in an interview that he would like to give the benefit of the doubt to celebrities and "believe that our Bollywood personalities are patriotic and they should dump these ISI handlers", while noting that their behaviour cannot be ignored, given the terrorist infiltration bids that are being directed from across the border in Pakistan. 

    The controversy comes after the Indian Home Ministry blacklisted Houston-based Pakistani event manager Rehan Siddiqui, who is associated with organising Bollywood events in the US. He has been accused of involvement in funding anti-India propaganda.



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