The debate over the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil doesn’t seem to subside. The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday stormed into multiplexes in Mumbai protesting against the screening of Fawad Khan starrer movie due on October 28. The move comes after Johar in a video said that the country came first for him and expressed a “deep sense of hurt and pain” by the charge of being called an anti-national.
Earlier on Tuesday, a team from Johar’s Dharma Productions along with filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios met Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar and Joint Police Commissioner (law and order) Deven Bharti, and sought protection for the theatres to screen the film, releasing on October 28.
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Assuring all help from their end, Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe said, “Mumbai police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required.” MNS on Monday said that it would intensify its opposition to Johar’s film as it features Fawad. They issued a veiled threat of vandalism to the multiplexes if they screened it.
“We will oppose the screening of the movie everywhere in the state. If any multiplex operator dares to screen the film, they (operators) should remember that multiplexes are decorated with expensive glass sheets,” MNS leader Amey Khopkar had said on Monday.
Following the Uri attack, where 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed, MNS issued threats to Pakistani actors/actresses and claimed that it will stall the screening of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles while Fawad, whose casting has been at the centre of the controversy, is in an extended cameo.