As the release day of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” film is around the corner, filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday broke his silence over the controversy around the film and released a video statement wherein he said that “he will not engage with talent from Pakistan.”
In a pre-recorded video, Johar says 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.
In the video, Karan Johar says: “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.
“Going forward I would like to say that of course I will not engage with talent from the neighbouring country given the circumstance. But with that same energy I beseech you to know one thing. That over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears into my film ADHM and I don’t think it is fair to them to face any kind of turbulence out of other fellow Indians. I respect the Indian army and salute our army for everything they do to protect us and our environment. I respect them with all my heart and I say any form of terrorism any form specially the terrorism that would affect my people, my country and me. I just hope all of you understand the circumstance and situation we are in and respect the fact that we love and respect our country over and above anything else,” Johar concluded.