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Amid ongoing Debate on Banning Pakistani Artists, Filmmaker Karan Johar finally breaks his silence on his movie “Aye Dil Hai Mushkil”

In his series of tweets, Anurag Kashyap targeted Prime Minister Modi and asked him that why didn't he apologise for his previous tour to Pakistan

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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.

Aye Dil Hain Mushkil Poster, Wikimedia
Aye Dil Hain Mushkil Poster, Wikimedia

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

 

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Good News Is When An Actor Works For My Banner At A Lower Price: Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar, is readying his new multistarrer production "Good Newwz" for a Christmas release

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Karan Johar is readying his new production "Good Newwz". Wikimedia Commons

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is readying his new multistarrer production “Good Newwz” for a Christmas release, says he feels really happy when an actor agrees to work for his banner at a lower price. He adds that Akshay Kumar, the hero of “Good Newwz”, has not given him any good news so far on that front.

“Good news to me is when an actor agrees to do my film at a low price, but that’s a good news Akshay hasn’t given me so far,” Johar said with a laugh, while interacting with the media at the trailer launch of the film along with the lead cast, comprising Akshay, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh, besides director Raj Mehta on Monday in Mumbai.

He added: “I feel if I hear some good news, then there is also a bad news around the corner — unless the good news is about something like the birth of a child. I still remember when I got the information of my two babies, I felt really happy. I feel, after hearing every good news you hear some bad news, and I guess there is some kind of ‘kabhi khushi kabhie gham’ situation that takes place in our lives. So, I don’t hold on to that news with a lot of joy ever. Rather, I am a bit of a cynic that way.”

“Good Newwz” is the third collaboration between Johar and Akshay after “Kesari” and “Brothers”. Next year, Akshay will be seen in “Sooryavanshi”, which is co-produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

The film marks the directorial debut of Raj Mehta.

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Karan Johar says that Dharma Productions has always maintained the ethos of treating every artist equally. Wikimedia Commons

Johar admitted the weird spelling of the film’s title was an outcome of his team’s inherent superstitious streak.

“There is a certain inherent superstition in the creative world, so earlier in my career I was obsessed with the alphabet K. I released films starting with alphabet K, which also starred Kareena, but then a few of them didn’t work. I felt it (the urge to name films with K) had stayed with me for no reason, so I gave up on that superstition. After that, I encountered Raj Mehta who is paranoid about everything. He, along with Azeem Dayani — who is the curator of this film’s music — were paranoid and told me that we should name this film ‘A Good News’. I told them ‘A Good News’ is incorrect English. So, they said we would have to change the spelling. We decided to name the film ‘Good Newwz’. Personally, it’s rather ridiculous, but actually everybody has learnt to accept it and envelope it, so I would give credit for the film’s name to Raj and his team,” said Johar.

Asked how he makes sure that equal rights are given to men and women in his production company, which is headed by him, he said: “We at Dharma Productions have always maintained the ethos of making sure that everyone including men, women, artists, and technicians get paid solidly for their craft, art, ability, work and worth. All of us are here from the blend of commerce and art. It is something I endorse strongly. When it comes to female-led films, we always make sure that there never is a disparity from our end.”

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He continued: “We have given profit share to female actors. In near future, you will see producer’s credit given in a female-led film. Where they (actresses) dominate and lead the film, they must have a humongous part of the pie. You will hear announcements in the future where women-lead films produced by Dharma Productions will have strong producer’s credit and profit shares (for heroines). There is and there will not be any disparity in my company.”

“Good Newwz” is scheduled to release on December 27. (IANS)