Filmmaker Karan Johar will on Thursday meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh amid the controversy surrounding “Pakistan artistes ban”, which has affected his upcoming project ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, media reports said.
Concerning the release of his film, Karan along producers Mukesh Bhatt and Siddharth Roy Kapur will meet the Union Home Minister today to discuss about the security of the upcoming movie, featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan among others. The movie is all set to release on October 28.
Following the Uri attack, the situation between India and Pakistan have worsened. Many political parties and that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have been demanding a ban on KJo’s film that also stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.
On Tuesday, Johar, in an emotional video statement, said he chose silence over the last few days “because of the deep sense of hurt and deep sense of pain that a few people could actually believe that I am being anti-national”.
In the wake of the Uri terror attack, an outcry had started from political parties and within Bollywood for a ban on Pakistani artistes. The first film to get caught in the controversy is the Johar’s latest film starring Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
Karan Johar said: “Today I will clarify that the reason why I have remained silent is because of they deep sense of hurt and a deep sense of pain I felt that a few people would actually believe that I am anti- national and I need to say this and I say it with strength. For me my country comes first and nothing else matters to me but my country. I have always felt that the best way to express your patriotism is by spreading love and that is all I have ever tried to do through my work and through my cinema.”
“When I shot my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in September to December last year the climate was completely different. The circumstances were completely different. There were efforts made by our government for peaceful relationship with our neighbouring country and I respected those endeavours and efforts then and I respect the sentiments today. I understand the sentiment because I feel the same,” Johar adds.
Yesterday, director Shyam Benegal also came out in support of Johar and his film and said that his patriotism is not to be doubted.
He added that 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. The MNS after imposing the ban on artistes from the neighboring country, in response to the terror attack in Uri led by Pakistan, had on Monday openly threatened the theaters owners if they screen the movie.