It’s a clash between Bollywood’s two maverick filmmakers. But this time it isn’t at the box office, but a war of words. Hours after Anurag Kashyap targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking apology for his Pakistan trip in December last year, Madhur Bhandarkar slammed Kashyap for his ‘protest’. Kashyap has been opposing the ban on KJo’s upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil as it stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
Kashyap had in a series of tweets demanded PM Modi to apologise for his unscheduled detour to visit Nawaz Sharif on December 25, 2015. He said it was the same time Johar was also shooting for ADHM. Hence, considering both the connections were with Pakistan and during the same frame of time, targeting just one of them was wrong. When Bhandarkar was asked about his reaction on Kashyap’s statements, he said, “Whatever Anurag Kashyap said is wrong, Neither BJP nor the Government issued any ban, it has become a trend to protest against Modi Ji.”
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil faced a backlash after MNS demanded a ban on all the movies starring Pakistani artistes in Indian cinema, threatening them to leave India. Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) had on Saturday announced that they would not screen movies starring Pakistani artistes in the four states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa. The decision taken by the COEAI mainly covers single-screen theatres and comes amid tensions between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attack last month.
Kashyap is the latest entry in the list of industry stars who have criticised the entire issue around Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Om Puri, Shyam Benegal, Vikram Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, along with actors Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Sushant Singh Rajput have been batting for the film’s release.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead, and has Fawad Khan in a cameo. It is slated for a Diwali release.