The trouble for Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil doesn’t seem to end, and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has taken upon themselves to keep Johar on his toes.
Following its recent announcements of opposing the movie, MNS has taken it another notch by threatening vandalism to the multiplexes that screen ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. The trouble started in the wake of terror attack in Uri, after which MNS and some other political parties have decided to go on a spree of targeting Pakistan-based Bollywood actors.
“We will oppose the screening of the movie everywhere in the state. If any multiplex operator dares to screen the film, they (operators) should remember that multiplexes are decorated with expensive glass sheets,” MNS leader Amey Khopkar said. The party did not favor employing and cherishing the Pakistani actors so its opposition to such films will continue, he added.
According to the media reports, on October 14, the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) decided to stall the release of ‘ADHM’ in single screens across Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and Gujarat, owing to Pakistani actor Fawad Khan’s presence in the film. However, there was no similar assurance from the multiplex operators so MNS today made its stand clear, the statement said.
Following this threat, media has reported that Karan Johar (Director of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’), Mukesh Bhatt, President of Film & Television Producers Guild of India, and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios (which is distributing ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’) have talked to the Joint Commissioner of Police in Mumbai.
In a report of Times of India, Mukesh Bhatt said, “I disagree with MNS at times and they disagree at times. But at the end of the day, we are like brothers. I can only appeal to my brothers to go on in peace.”
In the wake of veiled vandalism threats, Ashok Dudhe, the DCP of Mumbai Police said, “We, Mumbai Police, will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required.”
This has come after it was announced that the movie would be released in 2,700 screens, even after being banned in Single screen theatres in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Once upon a time, MNS had 13 MLAs in Maharashtra assembly, now reduced to a single member in the House in 2014, and has now taken an aggressive stand to threaten Pakistan-based artists of Bollywood. It is to be noted that Maharashtra sees Municipal polls next year.
The Party added that they would oppose Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ which is due to release in January.