Karan Johar‘s upcoming release ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is in trouble once again. The movie that was to release in theaters this Diwali will not be able to do so as the theater owners join the anti-Pak chorus. Yes, Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) today decided not to release movies starring actors from Pakistan in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.
Nitin Datar, President of the COEAI, said, “Keeping in mind the patriotic feeling and the national interest in mind, we request all our member exhibitors to refrain from screening movies which have involvement of any Pakistani artists, technicians, directors, music directors, etc. Till the relation between India and Pakistan becomes normal, no films with Pakistani actors can be released.”
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had earlier given an ultimatum to Pakistani actors to leave the country within 48 hours. They had also threatened to stall ‘ADHM’ and ‘Raees’ as it starred Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. Even the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a motion to ban artistes from across the border. This was in response to the URI terror Attacks that left a number of Indian army soldiers dead.
This announcement by the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India puts an uncertainty on the release of Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’.
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