Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in trouble, cinema owners’ body refuse to screen it in four states

After Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) decided not to screen films with Pakistani actors, Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is facing trouble. The film stars Fawad Khan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2016 6:01 pm
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Days before Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil lands in theatres, it has received a body blow. The Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI), after a meeting on October 14, has decided not to screen any film starring Pakistani artistes. This applies to single-screen theatres in four states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.

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Addressing the media, COEAI’s president Nitin Datar said that the decision was not taken under any political pressure, but rather, keeping public sentiment in mind. “Today, the meeting of Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India took place and it was decided that keeping in mind the patriotic feelings and the national interest of our country, we request all our members and exhibitors to refrain from screening movies which have involvement of any Pakistani artist, technicians, directors, music directors etc,” Datar said. “We are also in the process of requesting other associations connected with the film industry to support the sentiments in the best interest of our nation.”

He said that while the decision to not screen certain films would cause monetary losses for the theatre owners, there might have been greater damage if their screens were vandalised. “The association is not going to screen any movie and the decision implies from today until things don’t get normal. States included under the association are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa,” Datar added.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Pakistani star Fawad Khan in a pivotal role and will be the first such film to hit the theatres after the escalated tension between the two countries in the aftermath of Uri attack.

Earlier, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had threatened to block the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in Maharashtra. Later, the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) announced a ban on Pakistani actors but had requested MNS for a smooth release of films that have already been finished. Other than Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, films which will be hit by this ban include Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees starring Mahira Khan as well as Dear Zindagi which has Ali Zafar.

There was speculation that Karan Johar may replace Fawad in his film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma but a source in Dharma, his production house, confirmed to indianexpress.com on Thursday that the actor would not be dropped. The film has been passed by censor board already. It will release on October 28.

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    123456
    Oct 14, 2016 at 10:04 am
    It would make some sense banning a stani to act in indian film.By banning a movie which is already filmed,will create loss for Indian people.@vishal...money minded people may bear loss...what about if an young creator involved in the project looking forward for the release or some poor junior istant waiting for their final cut ry...THERE WILL BE NO GOOD FOR INDIANS IN THIS DECISION.
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      Oruvan
      Oct 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm
      santhosh...i am not representing KJO ,SRK or any other capitalist...and I don't want to speak for capitalism...I am talking about Indians...how Indians are getting benefited by this decision?..This is something like SHOWING OUR ANGER AGAINST OUR OWN PEOPLE INSTEAD OF OUR ENEMIES...
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        IML sood
        Oct 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm
        Shunt this sympathiser with his picture out of the country.Does he want to humiliate Indians while showing actors here when the w country is stands United.No only his film he deserves social boycott by film industry and people to teach such anti national elements the right lesson.
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          IML sood
          Oct 14, 2016 at 11:03 pm
          What nonsense,why so much love for actors,don't make yourself fool,as not for once they condemn terror attacks from stan.These actors/actors are more loyal to their country than Indian maroons who are not only supporting but trying to see the show of their ugly faces full of hatred for this country. Shame on such disloyal persons.
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            Jio
            Oct 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm
            I heard the movie not only has actors, but the storyline itself is . lt;br/gt;A movie made for boosting ego and hurting indian and hindu ego. These buggers take India and hindus for granted, but want to extract money from Indians. Let them release the movie in stan
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              Kavitha
              Oct 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm
              Very disappointed ....nothing is going to happen to the pak actor who already fled away from India to pak.now the sufferers would be the small technicians who worked for the film.let us forget about the big actors, producers but should not forget about the small people who worked for the film making.....
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                Mirage
                Oct 14, 2016 at 10:20 am
                You are literally bullying someone to take your point. Fawad khan may not be my friend, but he is not my enemy.
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                  ConcernedNetizen
                  Oct 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                  @Kavitha: Could you name me any one film where the remuneration of the small technicians is linked to the business done by the film? Stop shedding crocodile tears for these financial vultures that are all over Bollywood. If they had even the slightest of shame and self respect then they would not be peddling people who refuse to condemn the terrorists that kill the soldiers and people of the country in which they are earning their livelihood.
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                    Tony
                    Oct 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm
                    Better to release this film in stan
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                      John
                      Oct 14, 2016 at 11:55 am
                      It sank to a new low when we gave u free education and sent u to school on tax payer money...go collect ur free tv, mobile phone and lap top. People like me donated some more money for u and ur family.
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                        AC
                        Oct 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm
                        @Thomas.....I am sure, you won't agree with the current violence which is going on in the borders. All we are going to do is boycott watching the films or any other services which has stani involvements. It might happen that you or a group of persons might be unhappy with the decision. Let it be that way. Decisions are not always taken to satisfy everyone. It is just a small step to let stanis know that we are deeply unsatisfied by their behaviour and also it should be taken as a learning path for the film producers/directors or in that respect anyone who takes stani involvements - that we are henceforth going to boycott such films.
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                          AC
                          Oct 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                          Fawad Khan...might not be my enemy but again he is also not my friend!!!! His silence regarding the Indian soldiers means a lot to us (Indians)................ that he is getting paid in India but he cares nothing for the life of an Indian!!!!!
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                            Vidhu
                            Oct 14, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                            Stop watching movies of Khans and Johar.
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                              Opinion
                              Oct 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm
                              @ Suresh, Why should India Inc suffer on all accounts i.e loose soldiers at border and our countrymen ociated with above industry sleep hungry besides Govt looses tax on movie's business. The same tax can help provide our soldiers better facilities. You got "Denzongpa" spelling right ...
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                                Opinion
                                Oct 14, 2016 at 11:13 am
                                This movie is made in India by Indians. If the product does well all it is invested back into another production that will directly and indirectly help all ociated with this production house. Spot boys,equipment suppliers,caterers, transport vehicles ,set makers, junior artists and host of people live off this profession. Morally we do not have any right to disrespect hard work and affect livelihood of so may fellow countrymen.
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                                  Arun Pasrija
                                  Oct 14, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                  Very good move, KJ-SrK etc etc are nothing except money dogs in front of the real HEROS and the national pride.
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                                    ashok s
                                    Oct 15, 2016 at 5:05 am
                                    I think better director should blackened the face of actor while editing and film should be allowed to released
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                                      A.Murali Krishna
                                      Oct 14, 2016 at 11:08 am
                                      Karan Johar deserves it. A Good Movie by exhibitors' ociation
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                                        Balgit
                                        Oct 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm
                                        Bad decision. The film was made at a time, when Uri attack had not happened. Even BJP's poster boy, Devgn had approached stani actor Ali Kazmi for the move Shivaay. Anupam Kher's wife BJP MP Kiron Kher had acted in Khoobsoorat, with Fahad Khan.
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                                          Chandrasekaran
                                          Oct 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm
                                          Great we are proud of you people also films by Salman and Om puri should be treated similarily
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                                            Annu Chopra
                                            Oct 14, 2016 at 11:14 am
                                            if producers and actors do not care about india, let there films be banned from screening in india.
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