Talking to mediapersons yesterday, the actor said, ” The film business has been badly affected and therefore, I request the Prime Minister to include theatres too in the list of places where old 500 and 1000 rupee notes can be used. Theatres must be allowed to accept old 500 and 1000 Rupee notes until March 31, 2017. This move will help producers escape losses at least to some extent.”
Pointing out that the common people had been put to great hardship because of the Centre’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and 1000 notes, Mansoor Ali Khan said that however, he wasn’t blaming the Prime Minister for the move.
“I am not blaming the Prime Minister. But at the same time, wealthy industrialists don’t seem to be worried by his announcement. It is only the poor who seem to struggle to earn their daily livelihood. Especially those in the film industry have been badly affected by this announcement,” he said.
“People will blame me for requesting for exemption for theatres. They will say that I am speaking in support of those who have stashed black money. They will also say I too have black money. However, the truth is that I am someone who abides by the law always. All my accounts and financial details are in order. I am someone who is fearless. Those in my film fraternity are badly suffering. Others hesitate to speak about it. I just state facts,” he said.