The Film & Television Producers Guild of India (GUILD) which represents most of the active Hindi film producers expressed their gratitude to the Central Government and the armed forces for dealing with terrorism in the right manner.
In a statement released to the press the Guild urges the Government to take note that film producers have invested heavily in films that involved artists from across the border as the threat to ban films featuring those artists are doing the rounds.
The Guild through their statement brings to light that Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has already been given a U/A Certificate by the censor board, while films like Dear Zindagi, Raees and many others have Pakistani actors in them and are yet to be shot.
Mahesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India said, “The Guild in no uncertain terms confirms that the film industry confirms that the film industry stands in the unison with the governments recent steps to counter terrorism and will naturally abide by any decision taken by the Central Government with regard to governments future policy on issuance of work visa to foreign artists; however, we would urge the government at the Centre as well as all the states to appreciate that the film producers who have already shot their film or are in process of completing their unfinished films should not end up paying heavy price for no fault of theirs due to engaging the services of talent from across the border as these artists were employed through proper legal channels prior to the recent escalation of hostilities”
Further adding, “The Central Government has taken several steps in the past to foster culture exchanges by inviting industry representatives to participate in the governments efforts to improve our relationship with Pakistan.”
Through this, the guild urges the government to ensure smooth release of the films and asks for a way forward.