The month-long commotion over the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil appears to have ended with MNS giving a green signal to the film’s release. The decision comes after MNS chief Raj Thackeray met with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and film’s producers.
“We have always protested against Pakistani artistes but Bollywood never understood earlier. Now they have realised. Terrorist attacks have always been happening. I told Mukesh Bhatt. Pakistan bans our films and channels as per whims and fancies. So why are we rolling the red carpet for Pakistani actors, ” said Raj Thackeray after the meeting.
“CM asked me about the solution. Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starts playing out on the screens. Producers guild should give us a written undertaking that no Pakistani actors will be cast in our films,” added Thackeray.
Raj Thackeray also said that every producer who cast Pakistani actors in their films should give Rs 5 crores to Army Welfare Fund.” Whichever producer has taken Pakistani artist will have to do penance by paying Rs 5 crores,” said Thackeray.
“Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starts playing out on the screens. We have assured the CM that the producers guild and any filmmaker will not work with any Pakistani artist in the future,” said Mukesh Bhatt after the meeting.
This should come as huge relief for Karan Johar and the entire team of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The film was banned by MNS as Karan Johar had cast Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in the film. The tussle went on to become a full-fledged controversy leading to debates, discussions across different platforms.
Bollywood seemed divided on the entire issue. While some stayed away from commenting, others disagreed citing action by MNS as bullying.
Not to mention, Karan was forced to clarify on the issue through a two-minutes video. Karan Johar through a video message put his country before self and saluted the Indian army for their valour. The director condemned terrorism and also declared that going forward he wouldn’t work with Pakistani talents given the current circumstances prevailing in India. Interestingly, Karan referred to Pakistan only as a neighbouring country in the message.
The controversy also saw art and cinema becoming the virtual battleground between India and Pakistan.