MNS chief Raj Thackeray has given the green signal for the screening of Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ following a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Film & Television Producers Guild of India president Mukesh Bhatt.
It gave rise to a debate on whether the decision to ban Pakistani actors made sense, which in turn left Bollywood divided.
Subsequently, the MNS threatened to prevent the release of the Karan Johar film because it had Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in it.
“We had a constructive meeting. Shared emotions of industry. For us India comes first. I have assured Chief Minister that…we’ll not work with Pakistani actors,” Bhatt said.
Bhatt added that Karan Johar will not only honour martyred Indian soldiers in a message that will be displayed before the film, the producers will also contribute towards the army welfare fund.
Police guard director Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions office in Mumbai. Vijay Bate/The Hindu
The meeting came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured that the film will be released and will be given “100 per cent police protection”. Singh gave his assurance on Thursday after a meeting with Bhatt and other producers.
“Every producer who has cast a Pakistani actor must contribute Rs 5 crore to the Army welfare fund,” MNS chief Raj Thackeray said after the meeting.
Johar too pledged not to use Pakistani artists in his projects and said that “for me, my country comes first. Nothing else matters but my country.”
In a video released by him, Johar requested those opposing the release of ADHM not to obstruct the film as it involved the “blood, sweat and tears” of over 300 Indian crew members.
The movie is set to be released on October 28.