After days of controversy on the release of ‘Ae Dil hai Mushkil’ , filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday released a statement that he was hurt by anti-national charges on him by some people in the country. Releasing a statement he said that for him country comes first and pledged never to have Pakistani actors in his next films. The filmmaker also said that film was shot at a different time when the government was trying to improve relations with Pakistan.
Ever since the Uri attack, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed, there was a call from some sections of the country to let Pakistan actors out of the country. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had said it would not let any films run in cinema houses if they have Pakistani actors in it, which was followed Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India’s (COEAI) decision not to screen any film starring artists from the neighbouring country.
It was then that release of ‘Ae Dil hai Mushkil’ came under the cloud as the film has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in it. It was after this that Bollywood was divided into two groups. On one side were filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt, Anurag Kashyap, actors Salman Khan, Shruti Seth and several others, who asked what has the films to do with terrorism. While, Salman Khan had said that these actors from Pakistan had come on a valid visa and they should not be compared with terrorists, Anurag Kashyap almost took the Twitter world by storm last Sunday, when he suggested that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also apologise for visiting Lahore last year to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz sharif.
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On the other side, were singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya and couple of others. the singer went on to slam Kashyap for his statement asking what has the prime minister to do with all these and why should he be dragged into every small issue.