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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    Sirius
    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 ?
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      RadhikA
      Oct 19, 2016 at 10:04 am
      Boycott the movie. Crocodile tears
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        RadhikA
        Oct 19, 2016 at 10:05 am
        MNS we support you 👍👍lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Ban the movie
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          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 also.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I personally appeal all my fellow indians not to watch this man's movie.
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            Alok
            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.
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              arati
              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.
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                Pravin
                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.
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                  diago
                  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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                    din
                    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm
                    This movie or any other movie with stani stars or any other TV program with those stars should not be shown. As specially after Uri incident, but further more why no one talks about stan government, Our movies are shown there piracy. They do not welcome our talent there. They refused for Lataji to have visa to visit there and many incidints like that. Wake up India.
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                      a real
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm
                      o finally.... kjo felt smpathy for the country ... but why did it come just 10 days from movie to go... A Pure buisnessman
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                        Jackie Hoffman
                        Oct 20, 2016 at 4:03 am
                        All this guy cares about is his movie and "financial loss". What about the young sons/fathers/brothers who gave up their lives for the country? How many crores was each of their lives worth?
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                          Jackie Hoffman
                          Oct 20, 2016 at 4:05 am
                          Someone put Burkha Dutt on a missile and shoot her to stan ( I am exercising my freedom of speech)
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                            alice
                            Oct 19, 2016 at 2:45 am
                            karan johar and the intolerant brigades have been brought to their knees.. they cannot protest anymore for fear of public boycott of their movies/products.. where have all the award wapsis gone??? no more awards left to wapsi????
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                              KI
                              Oct 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                              KJ now proved himself Biggest greedy person in Bollywood. If country first then show your Respect and Love to your country's martyrdom of soldiers and peoples sentiment. STOP show or Reshoot stani "Talent" part with Indian "Talent" (if you ? India has Talent) to honour martyrdom of soldiers at present situations. You have enough money, now earned honour.
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                                KAPIL
                                Oct 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm
                                karan is not the first person who has taken stani actor, there r many like sonam, srk etc. then y u all haven't banned there movies. yes we should stop them working in india. but y karan he signed fawad khan long back n uri attack happened recently. spare him. may be not next time and no chance should be given in future to Indians who r keen to sign pak artist.
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                                  KK
                                  Oct 19, 2016 at 1:59 am
                                  Why this sudden awakening? Financial loss looming? U can say all this becoz ur freedom guranteed by soldiers whom u disrespect first and then be apolgetic. Too little too late Karan
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                                    Siva
                                    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm
                                    He can easily pay those 300 unit members their remuneration and that should be good. Don't need to sell your film by using the blood of the unit members.
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                                      Guru Yoga
                                      Oct 18, 2016 at 6:13 pm
                                      "Each drop of the blood of an Indian soldier is more valuable than currency. Money has no role in patriotism. One should be ready to die for one's country". - Yogisri Ravi Vempati
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                                        Neel
                                        Oct 19, 2016 at 6:51 am
                                        weak fool and stupid ,, this man cannot even stand for himself ,,, have a look at anurag kashyap
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                                          NKSUDHIR
                                          Oct 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm
                                          MNS has to create a drama no matter what. Why let innocent artists suffer to teach lesson to stani Govt. We should be mature enough to see who to target to destroy terrorism! I support Karan Johar and I thing Police should put MNS people in Jail if they do any damage to Cinema owners or general public
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                                            Myra Hoq
                                            Oct 18, 2016 at 5:09 pm
                                            What a snake
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