Mukesh Bhatt meets Rajnath Singh for safe release of 'Ae Dil...'
Oct 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
Following its protests, Mukesh Bhatt, the president of the Film and Television Producers Guild, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday to seek his support for its smooth release in the state.
Protesters had said that following the Uri attack, in which India lost 19 of its fearless soldiers, there was never any condemnation by the Pakistani actors including Fawhad Khan.
Produced by Fox Star Studios and Dharma Productions, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is set to release on October 28.
A statement by popular Bollywood director Karan Johar promising not to work with Pakistani actors in the future has gone viral in India. I need to say this with strength that for me my country comes first. But with that same energy, I beseech you to know that over 300 Indian people in my crew have put in their blood, sweat and tears into my film.
In this videos, Karan said: "When I shot my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in September-December a year ago, the climate was completely different. So I would only appeal to my brothers in MNS to be with us, let us have peace together, let us not make the terrorists feel that he has won the battle by making us fragmented".
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Johar was in hot waters after tensions between India and Pakistan started running high last month, as he had cast famous Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan in his movie.
Subsequently, the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India too made a decision to boycott films featuring Pakistani artists.
On the positive side, Johar's film will be given protection as Shaina said on the issue, "Our government has chose to give protection to every theatre that is going to showcase that film".
Johar's film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is facing trouble for Pakistani actor Fawad Khan's extended cameo.
Rajnath Singh also assured that there will be police protection outside cinema halls in Maharashtra to avoid any situation of violence. Earlier, MNS also issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artists working in India, asking them to leave the country within 48 hours or risk being beaten up. After receiving an ungodly amount of flak for standing by the actors in his film (nationality notwithstanding), Karan Johar finally released this video yesterday:The folks at MNS don't care!