MUMBAI: Indian extremist groups have decided not to oppose the release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, resolving their dispute with Indian director Karan Johar apparently to save him from financial loss.
The situation cleared on Saturday after director Karan Johar accompanied by Producers’ Guild President Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that filmmakers would not work with Pakistani artists “given the people’s sentiments in India post Uri attacks”.
Reports said Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, whose party had been opposing the release of the upcoming movie featuring Fawad Khan, was also present in the meeting.
Bhatt also said that they have assured the CM that neither the Producers’ Guild nor any filmmaker will work with any Pakistani artiste or technician in the future, according to Indian media reports.
Besides, Johar has decided to put a special mention in the beginning of the film paying homage to martyrs.
The makers of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, will also contribute a portion of its revenue to the Army Welfare Fund, he said.
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ had been embroiled in controversy over the past few weeks after the MNS opposed the screening of movies featuring Pakistani actors after the Uri attack, putting a question mark on the fate of movie, slated for Diwali release on October 28. – Samaa/Agencies