Director Karan Johar is under pressure over opposition to the release of his upcoming film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Karan Johar today said he will not “engage with talent” from Pakistan in future and made a fervent appeal against stalling the film.
Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and other producers met top law enforcement officials, the Mumbai Police assured protection to cinema halls that screen Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said, “We will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required.” The statement came in the wake of threats by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to vandalise cinema halls that screen the film, which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
Johar later released a video statement in which he said he may not work with “talent from the neighboring country given the circumstances” in future.
MNS leader Amey Khopkar had issued a veiled warning on Monday that if any multiplex operator across the state dared screen the film, they should remember that their premises are “decorated with expensive glass sheets”.
In an attempt to reach out to the MNS, Bhatt added, “I understand the sentiments of the MNS because they are one of us but have a different way of expressing anger. Therefore, I appeal to my brothers in the MNS, let us have peace and celebrate Diwali together. By going against fellow Indians, you are only helping terrorists create disharmony and gain victory over us.”