A representative of filmmaker-director Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday to discuss the threat Johar’s film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ has received. The film stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. While an earlier report said Johar will be in attendance, it has now been clarified that he will not be a part of the delegation of film producers. Mukesh Bhatt and Siddharth Roy Kapur will, however, meet Singh.
On Wednesday, at least a dozen workers belonging to the MNS were arrested for protesting against the upcoming film. The protest took place after MNS rejected Karan Johar’s video statement that he will not “engage with talent” from Pakistan in future. The workers from MNS’ film unit Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena were protesting and raising slogans outside Metro Cinema in South Mumbai.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured protection to theatres that are screening the film saying while everyone has the freedom to protest, any situation that creates a law and order problem will not allowed and strict action would be taken.
Fadnavis’ remarks come a day after Johar issued a video statement that he would not “engage talent from neighbouring country given the circumstances.”
On Tuesday, a team from Johar’s Dharma Productions along with filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios had met Mumbai’s top police officials and sought protection for the theatres to screen the film. Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe had said, “Mumbai police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres.”