Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release: Cops assure security, Karan Johar says may not cast Pak actors in future

Karan Johar's film: Team of producers meets senior cops to discuss MNS threat to disrupt screenings.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 19, 2016 8:12 am
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Hours after a team of Bollywood director Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and other producers met top law enforcement officials, the Mumbai Police assured protection to cinema halls that screen Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said,  “We will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required.”  The statement came in the wake of threats by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to vandalise cinema halls that screen the film,  which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

Watch | Karan Johar: Hurt That People Will Believe I am Anti- National

The Cine Owners Association also requested its members to suspend the screening of the film fearing violence. On Tuesday morning, producers Mukesh Bhatt, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Anupama Chopra, Vijay Singh of Fox and a Dharma Productions team met police  officials. Bhatt said later, “What we are asking is our legitimate right to conduct business which is the fundamental right of an Indian.” He appealed to his “brothers in the MNS” to ensure a peaceful Diwali.

Also read | MNS after Karan Johar’s statement: We will not allow Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s release

Johar later released a video statement in which he said he may not work with “talent from the neighbouring country given the circumstances” in future.

Also read | Mukesh Bhatt on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil ban: I appeal to my brothers in MNS to not spoil Diwali for Indians

Stating that the climate was “completely different” when his film was being shot, he said he understands the present sentiment. “… I beseech you to know one thing. That over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears into my film ADHM and I don’t think it is fair to them to face any kind of turbulence from fellow Indians. I respect the Indian army and salute our army for everything they do to protect us and our environment. I respect them with all my heart and I say no to any form of terrorism specially terrorism that would affect my people, my country and me. I just hope all of you understand the circumstance and situation we are in and respect the fact that we love and respect our country over and above anything else.”

He said he felt hurt that people believed him to be anti-national. “For me my country comes first and nothing else matters to me but my country. I have always felt that the best way to express your patriotism is by spreading love and that is all I have ever tried to do through my work and through my cinema,” he said.

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First Published on: October 19, 2016 1:35 am
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    Katrina
    Oct 19, 2016 at 2:41 am
    Ever since Modi Dog took over there is spread of fascism, intolerance, people, good a elements are taking laws in their hands. Next election I pray this one eye e*vil man is removed
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      Karan
      Oct 19, 2016 at 12:48 am
      KJo has learnt if he wants to do biz in Mumbai and India,he has to be tough on Pak actors.Money comes first after all
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        John
        Oct 19, 2016 at 12:39 am
        Now Karan Johor knows the tail CANNOT wag the dog. Customers are supreme to any business....Many people sold India .....to people for money right from Ghazni and Akabar times...We need to learn from history and not feed the dog which bites the hand that feeds it
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          Andy
          Oct 19, 2016 at 1:26 am
          I guess he is faking. Still believe money comes first for him.
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            arc
            Oct 19, 2016 at 8:15 am
            The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Thaw was in Germany. What we are seeing in India is the rise of our own Second Reich. Our First Reich was in 1975-77. It fell. So will our Second Reich. All we need sometime in the near future is a Nuremberg.
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              ahdash
              Oct 18, 2016 at 11:50 pm
              girgit ne rang badala .. . . tu accept karga toh kay public accept karegee kya? . .. . . profit pe aee to line pe aaaya
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                AC Delhi
                Oct 19, 2016 at 3:25 am
                What about the Indian government that legally allowed these stani actors to work in India? What will there punishment be???
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                  Anu Gosavi
                  Oct 21, 2016 at 5:07 am
                  For stani artists movie Mumbai police is going provide protection. Who was protecting our soliders in Uri? What is wrong with our simple values? Love the nation and soliders
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                    mark
                    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:16 am
                    BJP is an overt champion of curbs on free speech and artistic expressions.
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                      S. Babu
                      Oct 19, 2016 at 5:17 am
                      Money is not every thing,it is only something,i think k j has understood the present situation and sentiments of Indians,sorry he is not having any boundary for cultural activities. But he needs the background of Hindustan as spring board which only available in India only and other countries in the world. At least from his heart now onwards be a common man instead of highly intalutaltual. hope may God gives him a good intention that not import cultural personalities from enemy country .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;tual
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                        A villager
                        Oct 19, 2016 at 5:38 am
                        India's best dramebaz is KJo, such a selfish person he is.
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                          Sumit Sen
                          Oct 19, 2016 at 2:37 am
                          Karan, Do not get scared from these coward MNS sena, Ask them to protest in Madanpura, Nagpada or Bhendi bazar...lt;br/gt;.
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                            mohan
                            Oct 19, 2016 at 2:48 am
                            Go thereandsupportanddefend these anti nationalsandsee you being lynched.You are a coward.If you are so enamoured of pak actor/actresses/karn etc,go on the streets,organize protestsandget the first hand knowledge of ppl's reaction.Have some loveandrespect for our jawansandfor the country which gave you birthandyour breadandbutter.Donot be namak haramandnirlajaya.
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                              lafanga
                              Oct 19, 2016 at 7:23 am
                              This is the stark difference between stan and Indian maturity level and mentality. In stan even the most ardent Indian haters like Hafiz Saeed etc never ever threatened any visiting Indian artists or threatened stani cinema houses to ban Indian movies etc.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Contrast this with India where even after a firecracker goes off, they take it out on stani artists or sports people.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India may be a bigger country but Indians have a mentality of a worst banana republic one can find on the map.
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                                lafanga
                                Oct 19, 2016 at 7:24 am
                                This is the stark difference between stan and Indian maturity level and mentality. In stan even the most ardent Indian haters like Hafiz Saeed etc never ever threatened any visiting Indian artists or threatened stani cinema houses to ban Indian movies etc.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Contrast this with India where even after a firecracker goes off, they take it out on stani artists or sports people.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India may be a bigger country but Indians have a mentality of a worst banana republic one can find on the map. Looosers.
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                                  JayHind
                                  Oct 19, 2016 at 4:10 am
                                  KJ and rss's LAU NDA fighting for the affection of Pakhistani homo khanslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Even RSs's pm can't resist the urge of homo khans he went there like a love sick pupy uninvited lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SURGICAL STRIPPERS
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                                    JayHind
                                    Oct 19, 2016 at 2:15 am
                                    Do these police's love toys rss she v sena have guts to stop Pakhistani's SHAN MA IN INDIA
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                                      Kumar
                                      Oct 19, 2016 at 12:18 am
                                      Ban likes this film who cannot find a talent from 1.25 billions around us.
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                                        Venkatesh
                                        Oct 20, 2016 at 5:28 am
                                        Why did stan banned Dhoni movie?
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                                          S Subramaniam
                                          Oct 19, 2016 at 4:55 am
                                          When the enemy is powerful one should withdraw, the famous Mao's quote. Right now KJO's target would be to ward off the public wrath, protest and 28 Oct 16 so that the ADHM releases on schedule. What is the guarantee that KJO will stick to his present stand once India and stan reconcile their differences for cordial and friendly relations.
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                                            surinder
                                            Oct 19, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                            Members of Indian film industry who employ stani actors are doing basically for money because through this route they may sell their film in stan which is an enemy country . Therefore doing so is antinational and resentment of Indians is logical . If their films are not released in India and they suffer a loss they will understand that the risk is not worthwhile . Having said so , if these producers are allowed to screen their films all the money they earn through stan route should go to victims of stani terrorism acts.
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