Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Gives Full Support for the Release
Union home minister Rajnath Singh has assured smooth release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and promised a Great Diwali this time for the Bollywood fraternity.
President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, Mukesh Bhatt met Rajnath Singh, the Home minister in return assured full security to exhibitors amid threats by MNS to stop the release of Karan Johar-directed movie next week on October 28 – two days before the Diwali. However, Johar could not attend the meeting as he is busy with the post-production of his film in Mumbai.
Mukesh Bhatt met Singh along with singer-politician Babul Supriyo and appealed for security amid vandalism threats given by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). MNS is against the movie’s release starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
After meeting the Home Minister, Bhatt told the media that they are entertainers. They are interested in working with artistes- be it from China, Pakistan or Africa.
The director of film Karan had in an emotional video message appealed to MNS to think about their stance and even assured that he will not work with talent from the another side of the border in the future. But MNS had refused to change its stance.
Before that, Bhatt while representing the producers’ guild, met a Mumbai police representative and appealed for police protection so that city’s theatres which will screen the film remain safe.
Bhatt also said that he has full faith in Mumbai Police and the film is not releasing in Mumbai alone it releasing all over the country and they want to safeguard themselves and to ask the home minister for security is the best thing as a whole.
Before his meeting with the Home Minster Singh, Bhatt said that everybody wants to celebrate Diwali and entertained with a good family entertainer film. He feels that the state is definitely going to give them support and protect against people who want to create the disturbance for no reason. People are free to see the movie as India is a free country and nobody can stop people violently.
The filmAe Dil Hai Mushkil has become the first target MNS for the inclusion of Pakistani artistes in Indian films after 18th September Uri attack where 19 Indian soldiers were killed in Jammu and Kashmir. The attack lead to surgical attacks that India conducted across LoC.
After the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) ultimatum to Pakistani artistes to quit India, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) also passed a resolution asking producers not to work with talent from Pakistan.