MNS using Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for political gains ahead of BMC polls

MNS will want to use this issue to galvanise public support in their favour by tapping into the collective anger against Pakistan due to repeated terror strikes on India.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2016 5:22 pm
ae dil hai mushkil,ae dil hai mushkil news, ae dil hai mushkil mns But, the controversy over Karan Johar’s new Bollywood film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has come at a time when the party could use it in its jingoistic rhetoric to come into the limelight again.

Till recently, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had wandered off into political irrelevance in Maharashtra. But, the controversy over Karan Johar’s new Bollywood film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has come at a time when the party could use it in its jingoistic rhetoric to come into the limelight again.

Pakistani actor Fawad Khan was cast in a role in the film and that formed the base of the controversy. Single screen theatres have declared that they will not screen the film while multiplexes have sought security from the police and the state government. The situation has reached a point where all reconciliation attempts between the filmmakers and Thackeray failed and the producers’ guild had to take the issue to Raisina Hill in the Capital.

MNS’ ploy seems to have played well as the noise has captured Mumbai and rest of the country. MNS will want to use this issue to galvanise public support in their favour by tapping into the collective anger against Pakistan due to repeated terror strikes on India.

If the party commands a following then a simple boycott call can inspire people to follow. But forcing people to ban exhibition and promoting vigilantism in the name of patriotism seems to be a working strategy played well by some in Mumbai.

MNS has one eye on the BMC municipal elections slated for 2017. MNS has near zilch presence in the Maharashtra Assembly with the only single MNS MLA also operating his own political outfit. The city just suffered one of the worst monsoon civic crisis and its aftermath that left the city reeling under garbage, cleanliness issues, potholes, drainage breakdowns and cross leakages in drinking water and sewer lines. However, the MNS, which holds a nominal share in the BMC house fails to raise any issue of the sorts. Same can be said for the likes of the Shiv Sena as well which has a history of promoting jingoism but it hasn’t really delivered on its promises, despite the fact that it runs the wealthiest municipal body in Asia.

MNS leaders are known for jingoistic outbursts and scores of MNS members have repeatedly indulged in vandalism, vigilante activism and moral policing in the past. The police even arrested 10 party members recently in relation to the party’s boycott call. Going by past protests over films, it is likely that it will be released after much furore and will get a massive reception due to the limelight it enjoyed.

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    KarthikN
    Oct 20, 2016 at 11:35 am
    The film industry as holders of morality and patriotism?!? You are kidding right?? It will help if every Indian reads some of the leaked Hillary Clinton emails to come to terms with what Bollywood is made up of. For a reference, please read the article, "Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept", published by an UK online tech news portal "The Register"; notice the reference to Bollywood in the article. Also do an online search for "Dawood Ibrahim and Bollywood". I am surprised at how everyone in Indian news media are rushing to rally behind an industry that is know for underworld connections, tax frauds, hawalas, women exploitation, drug abuse and black money stashing!
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      L bhadrapati Devi
      Oct 20, 2016 at 12:19 pm
      MNS has an important role in India to correct the rotten system and decaying Indian value system by cultural invasion from West and stani actors and actress. Either winning election or loss is not the concern of MNS; they have a cause for the Maharashtra people in particular and Indian in general. His method of political mobilization openly against the injustice is much better than cowardice terrorist strike from behind. Where is the room for describing their public discourse as Jingoism.
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        Pravin
        Oct 20, 2016 at 11:07 am
        All political parties including BJP, Congress, SP, BSP something for political gain. If MNS does it, nothing different about it. But what is important to note that majority of Indians are happy atleast one political party is taking up the issue which common India want. Their way of protest may be wrong. But this movie should not be released.
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          rddy
          Oct 21, 2016 at 1:21 am
          Indian Express is publishing these kind of news to divide India and to take away Patriotism from the youth, Indian Express is funded by Dutch christian Missionaries , that's why they always propagate Anti-Hindu news , just google Indian express and Dutch Missionaries contribution, you will know it
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            Jitendra Aawhad
            Oct 20, 2016 at 9:49 am
            If a News Headline Tells you How to Feel, it's Not News.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;if_a_news_headline_tells_you_how_to_feel_its/
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              Jitendra Aawhad
              Oct 20, 2016 at 9:50 am
              In a country of 1billion people, 2million TV channels and 3million "reality" shows, they still need to import actors from stan!!
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                vish
                Oct 20, 2016 at 9:29 am
                You may call it politics or nationalism but what Karan did was wrong.He has no sympathy for nation and soldiers.He is only interested in money.If he is genuine then should declare all profit from this movie will be donated to all soldiers who lost their life on border in fighting terrorism.
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                  Indian
                  Oct 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm
                  DAWOOD'S UNDERWORLD MONEY is forcing BOLLYWOOD to use PA-KI ACTORS. .... STOP everything with PAK - STOP Bus, train, Plane, Truck, Business, Bollywood, music, Sports, VISA etc etc with PAK.
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                    Indian
                    Oct 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm
                    Not supplied yet .................. but FILM is being released shortly. ....... When ADANI starts supplying Electricity that too shall be opposed. .......... India should STOP EVERYTHING with PA-KIS for next 25 years - from January 2017 to December 2042 and hold next peace talk only from january 2043.
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                      Indian
                      Oct 20, 2016 at 9:07 am
                      Do NOT support any ISSUES of MNS but 100% support MNS action against PA-KI ACTORS in Indian Films. ........ And if MNS is hoping to get "political gains during BMC POLLS" it evident that MOST MUMBAKARS support MNS on this issue ............. Else MNS would have LOST VOTE. ........................ Karan, SRK and the entire BOLLYWOOD FULLY KNOW that PA-KI SUPPORTED JI-HA-DIS are killing INNOCENT INDIANS and INDIAN ARMY SOLDIERS for 27 years from 1989. .... So PA-KI ACTORS should not have been allowed in INDIAN FILMS.
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