Karan breathes a sigh of relief after meeting on Saturday with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and MNS Chief Raj Thackeray in Mumbai for his upcoming movie “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. Finally, they agreed, especially Thackeray for the smooth releasing of his movie.
Film & Television Producers Guild of India president Mukesh Bhatt, Producer Sidharth Roy Kapur, Sajid Nadiawala and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios were also present in this meeting.
Film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, ran into trouble after Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said it won’t allow the release of any movie in India that featured Pakistani artistes. Film is due for release on October 28, ahead of Diwali.
Why Bollywood give red carpet to Pakistani artistes if they banned us?
After the meeting, Thackeray said that every producer who will cast Pakistani artistes in his movie has to contribute Rs 5crore to the army welfare fund. He also raised the question over casting Pakistani actors in Indian films. While Pakistan has banned Indian content, then why do they give them a red carpet here? Producers have to assure in writing that they will not cast Pakistani artistes in their movie in future.
Claiming victory for MNS agitation, Raj Thackeray said “we have always opposed Pakistani artistes but Bollywood never understand earlier. Now they have realized. Speaking to the media person Mukesh Bhatt said it was positive and constructive and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” will release on its fixed schedule. We are the Indian first and then comes our business, said Bhatt.
A Resolution not to work with Pakistani will be sent to Ministry, says Bhatt
Bhatt further said that they have also assured CM that neither the producers’ Guild nor any filmmaker will work with any Pakistani artiste or technician in the future. The guild will also call a meeting to pass a resolution on not working with Pakistani artistes. A copy of the same will be sent to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as well the Chief Minister, he said.