Twitterati isn’t too impressed with Karan Johar’s statement on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil controversy

A little too late, say most people on social media, reacting to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director Karan Johar's statement.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 9:22 pm
karan johar, karan johar statement, karan johar antinational statement, karan johar ae dil hai mushkil, ae dil hai mushkil, indian express, indian express news In mushkil still: Film-maker Karan Johar released a video appeal to not stall the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, but the timing and the message leave people sceptical. (Source: IE File Photo)

Under pressure over opposition to the upcoming release of his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, director Karan Johar finally made an official statement today. He said that for him his country comes first and that he will not “engage with talent” from Pakistan in future; he made a fervent appeal against stalling the blockbuster.

This follows the opposition from Raj Thackeray-led MNS and some other political parties against the release of films with actors from Pakistan after the Uri terror attack, putting a question mark on the fate of Johar’s movie, which is slated for a pre-Diwali release on October 28.

The Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India too decided not to screen films with Pakistani actors in four states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa. In a video statement, Johar said that he understood the sentiment of the people, but stopping the release of the film will impact the lives of 300 other Indians who have worked on the film, and stalling its release will not be fair to them.

Also read: Karan Johar breaks his silence — I will not work with Pakistani talent in future, watch video

As soon as the statement came out, social media sites were buzzing with reactions. While most seem to think the statement and the realisation came in a tad bit too late and much closer to the release date of the film, others rued the fact that an artist had to buckle under political pressure. Some welcomed an official statement from Johar, saying that finally others can stop speaking for the director.

Here are some of the reactions to Johar’s statement on Twitter.

What do you think of Johar’s statement? Tell us in the comments below.

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  1. S
    Oct 19, 2016 at 5:48 am
    So in your view, boycott of Pak artistes will not deliver results ? What will ? If you outline clearly, and take guaranties, the govt. and people might consider. Till then, we will not allow Pak artistes to perform or their works to be released. Savvy ?
    1. R
      Oct 19, 2016 at 10:04 am
      Boycott the movie. Crocodile tears
      1. R
        Oct 19, 2016 at 10:05 am
        MNS we support you 👍👍lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Ban the movie
        1. R
          Rakesh kumar
          Oct 19, 2016 at 3:13 am
          This man is too much hungry for money these people caste foreign actors so that they can mint both countries at a time. This apology is nothing but to make money in india. If his movie release will be dela or 3 -6 month later then this type of video message will never ever be appeared lt;br/gt;Such a shameful actor.stop watching his shows and now his films;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I personally appeal all my fellow indians not to watch this man's movie.
        2. A
          Oct 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm
          I believe that the Hindi film industry is more of an antinational industry excluding a few like irfan, Akshay Kumar etc. Karan johar is a stani pimp and he is doing this drama to make money.
          1. A
            Oct 19, 2016 at 8:49 am
            whether or not pak actors banning brings results, we are not here to show we love pak actors when our civilians and soldiers get killed by terrorists sent by the country whom these pak actors represent. Where is the duty of pak actors in speaking to their terrorists and tell them to stop killing people - especially indian just because the latter do not belong to islam? why should we bother about the pak actors? what good have they brought to us. It is only shame that they have brought to us and other indian actors.
            1. P
              Oct 18, 2016 at 5:28 pm
              If he would have had some patriotism, he would have signed stani actor in first place. Karan Johar is seen as judge on many different TV shows like Jhalak Deekhla ja where many TV artistes come there and perfom. Couldn't he find any single TV actor better than Fawad Khan? Don't forget he also has one more stani actor in Dear Zindagi. Are 1.3 billion Indians look so bad or so bad in acting so that Karan Johar had to import actors from stan. Do these actor come on work permit or tourist visa? Can Karan Johar submit proof that they come on work visa? Shame on you Karan Johar and get lost.
              1. D
                Oct 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm
                Karan Johar has no love for India. He loves only money. Stupid guy he took so late to tell the people that he loves India. MNS go ahead we all patriotic Indians are with you. Stop this film unless Fawad Khan role is deleted.
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