1. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: From MNS threats to Rs 5 crore penance, Farhan Akhtar calls it a ‘terrible precedent’

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: From MNS threats to Rs 5 crore penance, Farhan Akhtar calls it a ‘terrible precedent’

Talking about the slugfest over involving Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan in Johar's upcoming movie, Akhtar said, "The only word, I think, that comes to mind is unfortunate, because it has set a terrible precedent."

By: | Updated: October 27, 2016 7:23 AM
farhan-reu-l In a conversation with The Indian Express, Akhtar critiqued how the film industry is targeted. (Reuters)

It seems likes the controversy surrounding Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will take a long time to subside. In a new twist to the tale, actor-director Farhan Akhtar while questioning the “penance” of Rs 5 crore to be made by filmmaker Karan Johar to the Army welfare fund on the suggestion of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, said that this entire act has now set a “terrible precedent.”

Talking about the slugfest over involving Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan in Johar’s upcoming movie, Akhtar said, “The only word, I think, that comes to mind is unfortunate, because it has set a terrible precedent.”

Referring to various threats issued by MNS, Akhtar said, “It’s not even the government telling you what you should be doing and not doing. So who are you listening to? You are listening to the people who are threatening you with violence. Now, when you have the threat of violence, it’s not only about you. You have kids at home, you have a family.”

In a conversation with The Indian Express, Akhtar critiqued how the film industry is targeted. ” Why only the film industry? Because we are easy targets. Why don’t you stop business between India and Pakistan, this two billion dollars of business that happens every single year. Stop it, go the whole hog. This is like window dressing.”

Akhtar added that Fawad Khan was signed for the film when relations between India and Pakistan were better. “People were encouraging exchange, our Prime Minister travelled there. It was an air, an environment of optimism, an environment of wanting bridges to be made. That’s the environment you started functioning in. Now, if that’s changed, you cannot hold this person by his throat and say that what you have done is wrong, and force you to say things and force you to pay money.”

Under attack for mediating with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for the release of the film, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in an interview with The Indian Express said, “What is the whole purpose of raising a hue and cry over my meeting Film Producers Guild and MNS to find an amicable solution to end the dispute over the film? Where is the question of my brokering a deal? Or where is the question of compromising on any principle? If talks can be held with the Hurriyat and Naxals, what is wrong in talking with the MNS.”

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