ADHM row: Had opposed MNS’s Rs 5 crore demand, but producers accepted it, says CM Devendra Fadnavis

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil's smooth release was ensured at a meeting of Film Producers' Guild, producers and MNS leader Raj Thackeray, mediated by Fadnavis last week.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 27, 2016 4:13 pm
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Facing heat over “brokering” a deal between producers of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis maintained that he had opposed the offer of Rs 5 crore contribution from the film makers to the Army welfare fund. Fadnavis, however, defended his intervention to resolve the issue, saying democratic governments at times would even talk to separatists and left ultras for the sake of peace.

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Karan Johar’s film faced protests by MNS workers for casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. The film’s smooth release, later this week, was ensured at a meeting of Film Producers’ Guild, producers and MNS leader Raj Thackeray, mediated by Fadnavis last week.

A key demand conceded at the meeting was Rs 5 crore contribution from makers for the army welfare, which sparked strong reactions from opposition parties and some army veterans.

“Thackeray had put three demands, out of which there was no objections to the other two. When the issue of Rs 5 crore came up, I intervened and made it clear to the Film Producers’ Guild that they need not have to agree to it. I also told them that the contribution has to be made voluntarily. However, it was producers’ decision to accept it,” Fadnavis said last evening at his residence ‘Varsha’.

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“I categorically told that although it is nice that the Guild has decided to stand by the families of our martyrs but it is not a compulsion. Still if they wish to do, they may contribute whatever amount they feel (is) appropriate. This figure of (Rs) 5 crore came from MNS but was not agreed in the meeting and turned down then and there only,” he said.

Asked about the opposition allegations of “brokering” the deal shirking his prime duty of ensuring land and order, he said, “Another choice was deploying thousands of police staff outside theatres (when film releases). I would then face allegations like I have spoiled Diwali holiday of police staff. Issues should be solved by talking, and we are a democratic government,” he said.

Before the intervention, Mumbai Police had arrested MNS activists who demonstrated over the issue, hence there should not be any doubts about the government’s intentions. Some even called that the government is playing both sides, which is not true, he added.

Apart from the opposition, ruling partner Shiv Sena has slammed Fadnavis’s intervention in the matter and had termed it as an act of “siding with Pakistani personalities.”

On this, the CM said, “Did our governments not talk with separatists like Hurriyat (Conference) or negotiate with Naxal groups for peace? Then holding discussions with a political party, though this is a comparatively a minor ssue, should not be criticised so bitterly. I think, successful mediation has disappointed some people,” he said.

He also refuted charges of going soft on MNS and emphasised that there was “no political motive” behind such negotiations.

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    Gh
    Oct 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm
    Spineless RSS cowards.same people handed over terrorists to s in a shameless manner
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      Puni
      Oct 29, 2016 at 11:45 am
      ADHM Movie released, single screen, released it, , johar did not put picture of giving 5crore, raees say will not give the money....MNS no one takes you seriously
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        Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
        Oct 25, 2016 at 11:28 am
        There are few phrases i can think of 1. Bin pendi ka lota. 2. Dhobi ka kutta, na ghar ka na ghat ka. 3. Adhjal gagree chhalkat jaye...etc etc
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          arc
          Oct 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm
          Mr fadnavis, you have behaved like a Kamatipura pimp. What was your commission?
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            Arvind
            Oct 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm
            Same Rs 5 Crores now will go to the Kitty of MNS. Raja Tusi Gr8 Ho ! This is is call politics.
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              arun
              Oct 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm
              Why no comments from Amir and SRK? They knew that if they open mouth, they can't earn money. Hence they felt better to shut the mouth.
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                ah
                Oct 25, 2016 at 11:06 am
                what are the esteemed view of CHADDIS .................. Modi desh bech raha hai aur MNS or Fadnavis Desh Bhaqti bech rahe hai .......... he he he he he .............. army Jawans ko aise BHIKH ke paise per MOOTNA chahiye ..........
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                  Suman
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm
                  The most patriotic man in India, PM
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                    Suman
                    Oct 25, 2016 at 1:11 pm
                    These underworld goons will collect 10 crore from Indian actors also. Money is the most important thing than the security of country.
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                      rajkal
                      Oct 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                      Where is the patriotism gone when the money came in to picture. What a shame. If the idea was that a star in the movie the movie should not have been allowed to be released at all, or sensor the part of actor. The loss is not for MNS why should they care about loss of Karan. Now our Army is obliged to actor and MNS for accepting the bribe.
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                        Manav Mishra
                        Oct 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                        The BJP wants to tie-up with MNS for the next election hence all this drama. But the plan backfired and now the BJP is in damage control mode!
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                          pawan
                          Oct 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm
                          Modern day thuggery by goons and aache din CM. And yet we say India is changing..yeah right
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                            Mayur Panghaal
                            Oct 25, 2016 at 10:52 am
                            ha ha ha ha ha..........is this guy a CM ?? ha ha ha ha ..........he is even one better than Goa Feni fan Farrikar.
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                              Vivek narain
                              Oct 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm
                              Mr.Thackerey should also have demanded free pes to the movie for army pesonell.
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                                Narayan Srikanth
                                Oct 25, 2016 at 10:46 am
                                The likes of Barkha, Rajdeep, Tavleen et al who had a different picture will hopefully at their criticism of the so called EXTORTION that the government negotiated.
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                                  sammer
                                  Oct 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm
                                  cm's anxiety not to loose mns is vocal from the actions and govt brokering in such situations can only happen in mumbai... CM please keep army off from dirty lenin....
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                                    Sriram Narayanaswamy
                                    Oct 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                                    BJP has proved that it is just congress in cow's clothing
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                                      Ratan
                                      Oct 26, 2016 at 4:12 am
                                      There was no alternative to Karan johar to ready to pay 5cr. Baggers has no choice. For release he may have touched Raj Thakare foot.
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                                        Sandy
                                        Oct 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm
                                        Extortion in name.of nationalism . This is really wrong way to define nationalism or opposition towards one country ...USA is great because it never stops people from all world conteibuting to.it ...but fights terrorism by hitting them home . We r in a mind trap which needs to be changed .let govt decide policy , diplomacy and force majure ...but common people should not suffer on both sides . Are our.politicians going to go that extra mile rather then trying to garner cheap.publicity.
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                                          xyz
                                          Oct 25, 2016 at 11:38 am
                                          Who is the bigger joker? CMji or ..ji?
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                                            Indian
                                            Oct 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm
                                            Hugged Shariff hoping for better Indo-Pak relations but FAILED. ............... so go after all PA-KIS from PM Shariff, General Shariff, PA-KI ACTORS, PA-KI sports men, PA-KI Everyone ................
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