Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis played the role of a mediator on Saturday in a meeting between the producers of the film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and MNS leader Raj Thackeray. The producers of the film vowed that they would not work with Pakistani artists in future paving way for what could be a smooth release of the film around Diwali. The MNS also said they would not oppose the release of the film.
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ – which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan – had run into a storm of protests after nationalist groups, and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena said they won’t let any movie featuring Pakistani artistes get screened in cinemas across the country. MNS party workers had threatened to vandalise cinemas halls and multiplexes against screening the movie. The reaction came after 19 soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack on an Army camp in Uri last month.
Producer Mukesh Bhatt, who accompanied Karan Johar and UTV motion pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur at the meeting, told the media that Johar will run a special mention in the film paying homage to the martyrs. The meeting took place at the chief minister’s official south Mumbai residence ‘Varsha’.
The chief minister promised the filmmakers that the government will not allow anyone to disturb law and order. He said while democratic protests are fine, unlawful activities will not be tolerated. Raj Thackeray was accompanied by MNS leader Shalini Thackeray and Ameya Khopkar who heads the party’s film wing.