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Karan Johar to meet Indian home minister over ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ release

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 21, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Oct 21, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago


NEW DELHI: Director Karan Johar will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday (today) regarding the release of his upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

Producers Mukesh Bhatt and Siddharth Roy Kapur will be accompanying Johar.

The filmmakers want to discuss the security issues that may come up around the time of the film’s release.

The movie will hit the silver screen on Oct. 28.

When tensions between India and Pakistan worsened, many political parties from India such as Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), demanded a ban on Johar’s film that stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in leading roles.

In a video released Tuesday, Johar said he felt “deep sense of hurt and pain” for being called anti-national by Indian nationalists.

“I condemn terror in the strongest terms, I respect our Army, for me, the country comes first,” the 44-year-old said in the statement. “The reason why I remained silent is because of a deep sense of pain,” he added.

Johar, who made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, further explained his position and said, “The best way to express your patriotism is to spread love and that’s all I have ever tried to do through my work in cinema.”

Reputed director Shyam Benegal also spoke in support of Johar and his film, saying Johar’s patriotism should not be doubted.

“Karan chose the actors because of their talent and not because of the country they belong to; hence, it’s very wrong to make him suffer,” Benegal said.

The MNS, after imposing the ban on Pakistani artistes, openly threatened theatre owners Monday and told them not to screen the said film. – Samaa/Agencies

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