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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.

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