October 19, 2016: Filmmaker Karan Johar is not having a great time after his upcoming movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring the Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan was banned in four states in India. This happened after the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, which led to the death of 19 Indian soldiers and because of which all Pakistani actors have been banned from Bollywood.
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Karan Johar has finally raised his voice and spoke on this issue. In a video released by Johar, he made a statement that seeing the circumstances and relations of the two nations he would restraint from engaging with talent from Pakistan in future. The video came as a result of the continuous pressure from Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which has been threatening to ban the film, mentioned HT report.
The film has been scheduled to release on October 28, 2016.
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A body of cinema owners, The Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association- opposed ADHM and refused to screen movies with Pakistani actors. The ban has been applied to single-screen cinemas in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka. According to analysis, the film will face a loss of Rs. 5 to 6 crore because of the ban.
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After this Karan Johar also claims that he has remained silent till now “because of the deep sense of hurt that few people could actually believe that I was being anti-national,” quoted HT.
He said, “For me, my country comes first… When I shot Ae Dil Hai Mushkil from September to December last year, the climate was completely different. There were efforts made by our government for peaceful relationships with the neighbouring country… Going forward, I would like to say that of course, I wouldn’t engage with talent from the neighbouring country given the circumstance.”
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Adding further he said, over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears into my film. I don’t think it is fair for them to face turbulence on account of other fellow Indians. I respect the Army … I condemn any form of terrorism.”
Apart from this, supporting Karan Johar, director Anurag Kashyap said, “I am tired of the film industry being soft targets. We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t! ” He added elected representatives had a responsibility to protect people, reported HT. “We elected them and so it is their responsibility to protect us from bullies – the media or political parties.”
In his series of tweets, he also targeted Prime Minister Modi and asked him that why didn’t he apologise for his previous tour to Pakistan.
– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram. Twitter: @ahuja_chesta