Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) issued a veiled threat of vandalism to multiplex owners if they decide to screen ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. Reacting to this ultimatum the President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd (Guild) and filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt met Mumbai Police commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar for protection.
The controversy surrounding the release of Karan Johar’s film has reached a face off. As MNS and the makers of ADHM are on a clash course. After the Uri terror attacks, Raj Thackeray’s political party MNS had issued an ultimatum to Pakistani actors working in the country to leave within 48 hours. They had also added that films which star Pakistani actors will not be released.
Caught in the controversy were KJo’s ‘ADHM’ that stars Fawad Khan and SRK’s ‘Raees’ that has Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. Now with the MNS opposing the release of the film in multiplexes. The Producers Guild sought police protection. The Guild also urged the government to ensure smooth release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ which has already been certified by the Censor Board.
Talking about MNS, Mukesh Bhatt said, “We are not here to complain. We are here to say that we are all one and let us not get fragmented. MNS is my brother, his way of thinking may differ from mine, but that’s okay. That happens in every house. 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.”
In a statement released after the meeting, Mumbai Police said that proper security will be provided for the smooth release of the film. Ashok Dudhe, the DCP of Mumbai Police, stated, “We, Mumbai Police, will provide adequate protection to cinema theaters as and when required.”
Hope ‘ADHM’ manages to keep its date with the theaters this Diwali.
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