With controversy on the release of ‘Ae Dil hai Mushkil’ is going since last few days , filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday released a statement saying 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 actor also said that film was shot at a different time when the government was trying to improve relations with Pakistan.
Read his full statement: “I say this with strength for me, my country comes first; nothing else matters to me but my country. I have always felt that the best way to express your patriotism is to spread love and that’s all I have ever tried to do through my work, my cinema. When I shot my film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ in September to December the climate was completely different. The circumstances were completely different. There were efforts made by my government for peaceful relations with the neighbouring country and I respected those endeavours then and I respect the sentiment today. I understand the sentiment because I feel the same.
Going forward, I will not engage with talent from the neighbouring country, given the circumstance, but with that same energy, I beseech you to know that over 300 Indian people in my crew have put in their blood, sweat and tears into making my film.
I don’t think it’s fair to them to face any kind of turbulence on account of other fellow Indians. I respect the Indian army. I salute them for everything they do to protect us in our environment. I respect them with all my heart. I condemn any form of terrorism especially the terrorism that will affect my people in my country and me. We respect our country over and above anything else.”