Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release: Fadnavis vows action, 12 MNS men held, custody extended

Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release: Twelve MNS workers have been arrested today when they barged into Metro Cinema to threaten the owners against screening of the film.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 20, 2016 9:05 am
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As the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena vowed to ratchet up its campaign to intimidate and vandalise cinema halls against the screening of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) featuring Pakistan actor Fawad Khan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Wednesday sought to send out a message that the state would firmly deal with the protests.

“The police have taken strict action against MNS today. Twelve members of the MNS who had gone to Metro Theatre to threaten them have been sent to judicial custody until November 4,” Fadnavis told The Indian Express. He indicated that while everyone had a right to protest, any action which disrupts law and order would not be allowed.

His remarks came a day after film-maker Karan Johar issued a video statement that he would not “engage talent from neighbouring country given the circumstances,”

READ | Open letter to Karan Johar: I’m sad that you surrendered your freedom of expression

A group of 12 MNS party workers tried to enter Metro theatre in south Mumbai this morning and asked the management not to screen the Karan Johar film. They were arrested by the Azad Maidan police station under Sections of the Bombay Police Act and were granted bail but will remain in detention until November 4.

Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said the police invoked Section 151 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code that allows them to secure detention of the accused on the suspicion that they could create trouble when released and their being “at large is prejudicial to the maintenance of public order.”

Under this, the officer can request the court to keep the accused detained for a period not exceeding 15 days. So while the arrested MNS men were granted bail of Rs 5000 each, they will remain in detention until November 4 when their bail bonds will be executed.

Said MNS cine wing head Amey Khopkar: “Our protests will continue against the screening of the movie in theatres.”

The producers of the movie had earlier met Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar seeking security for cinema-hall owners. The Mumbai Police assured the producers that they would provide security for the screening of the movie scheduled to be released October 28.

READ | I will not work with Pakistani talent in future: Karan Johar

The government’s action comes when it is under attack from the Opposition. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the government had abdicated its responsibility with the state being shown up as weak in the face of threats by the MNS. “These goons have to be put behind bars,” he said.

Film-maker Kundan Shah, who directed the cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, said that he was saddened by the call to ban Pakistani artists in India. “Calling it ‘intolerance’ would be evading the larger question. The question to be asked is ‘How can we stop the bullets?’ But no one wants to ask this fundamental question,” he said.

Last year, Shah had returned his National Award to protest against what he called was “rising intolerance” and the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as head of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). “Trade has not stopped between India and Pakistan and the borders have not stopped exchanging goods. Then why should the artists be banned?” he said.

Meanwhile, a day after Johar appealed to let ADHM be released citing the “blood, sweat and tears,” of “over 300 Indian people” in his crew, two more exhibitors’ associations said that they would not release the movie this Diwali. The Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) received letters from the Central Cine Circuit Association (CCC) and the Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal, said COEAI president Nitin Datar.

“The single screens and multiplexes under these two associations have promised to not release the film this Diwali,” said Datar.

The Marathi Mahamandal is the key organisation for theatres in the state which showcases Marathi cinema and, occasionally, major Bollywood releases. Its area of influence includes Vidarbha and Marathwada. And the CCC covers parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. According to Datar, the decision will impact close to 200 screens.

On October 14, COEAI had called for a ban on ADHM telling its members to not release the film in their theatres. The decision came after the MNS threatened to cause damage to theatres which screen the film.
The film has been at the centre of controversy after ties between India and Pakistan soured in the wake of the Uri attack and the subsequent surgical strike by the Army.

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    Anand Bakshi
    Oct 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    Recent murder of BJP leader may have been planned by opposition parties in Maharashtra. Police murder in Pune's Sus gaon may have been planned under US republican influence by opposition parties in order to help politicians penetrate into public money with no police supervision. This has led to recent Debit card pin hack issue on India led by US republicans. #cbi #cia #fbi
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      Anand Bakshi
      Oct 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm
      Recent murder of BJP leader may have been planned by opposition parties in Maharashtra. Police murder in Pune's Sus gaonay have been also planned under US republican influence by opposition parties in order to help politicians penetrate into public money with no police supervision. This has led to recent Debit card pin hack issue on India led by US republicans. #cbi #cia #fbi
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        ehe aha
        Oct 20, 2016 at 12:03 am
        It should be left to people . .. off course there is no place for hooligans . . but people with some shame and self respect would show kajoker that his limited understanding focusing just on profits and justification for pak actors is very detrimental to integrity. He might have given a statement that I have already cast an actor before the indoak relations got worsened, hence after this file, he would abide by the public sentiment and integrity. . lekin isko dialogue bolen ka itna shauk hai ki bewakoofi kar baitha
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          Jay
          Oct 20, 2016 at 6:48 am
          They should not stop screening because of one stani actor in it. There are 300 other Indians who have worked hard for the successful completion of this film. There may be new comers including technicians whose dream should not end in their first movie..,
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            Nilesh
            Oct 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm
            This is insane. If u want to make a stance that we will not work with stani actors or conduct business then agree on a date, from this day forth we will not do such n such. You cant just employ the ban retrospectively. The country comes first but this is a bit excessive.
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              Nilesh
              Oct 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm
              You want see patriotism, lets do something. Lets show the movie and leave it upto the people. See how many will watch the movie. I bet now more ppl will go n watch the movie bcoz of unnecrssary publicity. Will u call all these ppl unpatriotic. I dont think so, nor will i call karan johar unpatriotic bcoz at the time when he started there was no such issue. Btw i m not a fan of his movies. But i dont just want to get on this bandwagon jusy becoz some political party wants to make a stand.
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                Salim
                Oct 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm
                Just imagine the people of India cannot watch a movie of their choice. They have to listen to the goondas and be scared by them. This is a democratic state.
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                  Tony
                  Oct 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm
                  He was silent so long thinking that people will come out and support his film, now that he realized that his movie is in trouble, his fake patriotism is suddenly invoked.
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                    Tony
                    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm
                    I am proud being Indian and if you not I don't care
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                      Tony
                      Oct 19, 2016 at 7:06 pm
                      Whether MNS allows or not I will, and I believe most of Indians are, not going to watch this movie. Unless,....Unless he promises that his share of profit (100%) will be donated to Indian Army Welfare fund.
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                        SubbuI
                        Oct 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm
                        SO. TOTAL SURRENDER ACT BY SPINLESS KARAN JOHAR STARTS WORKING.EITHER YOU FALL IN LINE OR YOU CAN NOT SURVIVE WHEN NALYAK NMODI IS CEO OF INDIA INCORPORATION. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER WE CAN CONTINUE TO WRITE OUR COMMENTS IN EVEN IE BOLDLY OR SOME HURDLE WILL BE CREATED BY POWER THAT RULES INDIA? I AM BIT DOUBTFUL
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                          Abbiya
                          Oct 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm
                          Indian producer investment the money for this movie. .stan actors taken there money. Why indian producer suffering for there money. Once he told next movies will not take stan actors .matter is finished. .dirty indian taliban rules. ..well done Mr..CM
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                            Amrit Rao
                            Oct 20, 2016 at 12:30 am
                            Casting stani artists in Indian movies is a business decision. With the opening of stani market to Indian movies, it made sense to cast stani actors. Indian bans stani actors. stan bans Indian movies. India loses business. Also the govt of India is not banning stani actors. Infact two days back India made it easy for stanis to get visa. Its Hindu terrorists threatening the producers not to hire stani. The govt should excercise power to show who is responsible for foreign affairs and arrest the goons.
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                              Bala Dutt
                              Oct 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm
                              We support Raj Thakeray, at least this man has guts to speak openly that he will not alow the movie to be shown, but the BJP has Dogalla raviya, which is not good, we all support Raj, and lets all boycott this movie.
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                                Dipack Kumar
                                Oct 20, 2016 at 3:57 am
                                MNS leaders and party workers are goons, seeking publicity as elections approach.
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                                  Raj
                                  Oct 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                                  Once there is a threat, any threat by a regional party (Hindu or Muslim), it should be banned. This will deter threats of violence.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sure, I don't agree with this stani actor thing too - but I don't condone violence. Law and order should be respected.
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                                    Who is
                                    Oct 19, 2016 at 11:35 pm
                                    Good job Karan and Mr Fadnavis. Time to say these hooligans that they do not run the world. In 70s Bal Thakeray managed to get away with might. This is not the time and WE are the people. We refuse to be ruled by some street Urchins.
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                                      Who is
                                      Oct 19, 2016 at 11:39 pm
                                      I agree with you but similarly stan government has imposed ban. So who is in wrong place some bunch of goons or government.
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                                        Who is
                                        Oct 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm
                                        That's not how Shiv Sena works and makes money. They believe in threats, hooliganism and extortion.
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                                          Who is
                                          Oct 19, 2016 at 11:46 pm
                                          Tony naam badal de.
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                                            Who is
                                            Oct 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm
                                            Tony that's an English name, so are you going to change to Tannumal.
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