Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release: Rajnath Singh promises ‘a great Diwali’ for Karan Johar film

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release: Mukesh Bhatt gets assurance from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "Rajnath Singh ji assured us 100% support and that he will convey to every state to maintain law and order," he said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2016 1:53 pm
Mukesh Bhatt said that a delegation of film industry representatives have been assured by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that they will have a happy Diwali. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release: Mukesh Bhatt said that a delegation of film industry representatives have been assured by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that they will have a happy Diwali.

After days of uncertainty over the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the Bollywood fraternity has been promised a “great Diwali” by Union home minister Rajnath Singh with a safe and secure release of the film. Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, on Thursday met Singh who assured a safe release of the film on October 28 — two days before the festival of lights. Johar skipped the meeting as he is busy with the post-production of the film in Mumbai, sources added.

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Bhatt, along with singer-politician Babul Supriyo, met Singh to appeal for security amid vandalism threats from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which is against the movie’s release as it features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. “We are entertainers. We are interested in working with artistes, and not whether they belong to Pakistan, China or Africa,” Bhatt told the media after meeting Singh. MNS had refused to change its stance despite Johar saying in a video message that he will not work with talent from Pakistan in the future.

As the head honcho of the producers’ guild, Bhatt had earlier met a Mumbai police representative to appeal for police protection to ensure that the city’s theatres which will screen Ae Dil Hai Mushkil remain safe. Asked if they didn’t have full faith in the Mumbai Police, he said: “I will give them 200 per cent marks to Mumbai police. But the film isn’t releasing just in Mumbai. We want to safeguard ourselves, so who better than the home minister? It is his domain.”

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Before his meeting with Singh, Bhatt said that it is, as a citizen, that he feels it’s his “right to feel safe”. “We want to celebrate Diwali. We want to get entertained with a good family entertainer film. I feel that the state is definitely going to give me support and protection against people who want to create violence for no reason,” he said.

Bhatt also said people are free to see the movie. “India is a free country, but at least you should not stop people and then stop people violently. That is something I feel that the government of today should have zero tolerance towards, violence.”

 

 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has become the first target of those who are against inclusion of Pakistani artistes in Indian films after the September 18 Uri attack which killed 19 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir. The attack was followed by surgical attacks that India conducted across LoC.

The subsequent bilateral unrest between India and Pakistan had a spill over in film industries on both sides of the border. While the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes to quit India, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution asking producers to avoid working with talent from Pakistan.

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Then, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India announced single screen theatres in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat won’t screen Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. MNS has been open about condemning the idea of releasing of the movie.

(With IANS inputs)

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:27 am
    You people have gone mad, forgotten whats right and wrong, squabbling and quralleing with each other for no reason. Ultimately the country is going to burn and all of us also. Its high time people realise what actually is required to build a nation rather than fighting on non issues.
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      prakash gotimukul
      Oct 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm
      On this point we dont agree with HM. He shd have impressed upon Karan n gang to help in opposing terror from Pak and make appeals in the movie to denounce Pak for the terror act. We dont want Pak here n thats not changed. If Karan wants to run movies with police protection, why shd we go to such a movie. Let him see in his bedroom if he is so scared. lt;br/gt;Boycott ADHM. I agree with MNS
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        Abrrad
        Oct 21, 2016 at 7:25 am
        We are a democratic country and no single party can decide a ban on movie or actors. BUT we the people have every right to decide what to watch and what NOT to watch. Let's impose a self ban and NOT to watch stani actors movies till cross border terrorism is stopped.
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          Bharat
          Oct 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm
          Since this movie doesnt have any khan .. no ban .. doesnt matter s in it .. this is how we deal .. desh ki laga ke rakhdi hia in logog ne
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            SubbuI
            Oct 20, 2016 at 9:04 am
            BJP PLAYING BOTH BAD COP AND GOOD COP.FIRST THEY ISTIGATED AND USED MNS AS PROXY THANKS GADGARI A PERSONAL FRIEND OF RAJ TAKARE. THEN THINGS REACHED CLIMAX GOOD COP FADNAVIS AND NOW RAJNATH SINGH COMES FOR RESCUE.BOTH AIMS ARE ACHEIVED. JOHAR BROUGHT IN LINE AND ANTI STHAN FANATICS ARE KUSH
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              ams
              Oct 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm
              If Indian Govt issues visa, who is this extra-consutional authority MNS to deny anyone entry to this country including stanis? Is the visa issues by Indian Govt a joke? Please answer these questions.
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                ams
                Oct 20, 2016 at 9:12 pm
                India has to be the only democracy where a $$ s like MNS and Shiv Sena are given a free reign to kick out people whom the Govt has issues visa.
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                  Virendra Sason
                  Oct 20, 2016 at 9:27 am
                  कहावत साकार हो गयी, कि "जब बच्चे को भूख लगती है तो वह मां के पास जा कर रोता है न की मौसी के पास"।
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