With the Cinema Owners Association of India (COEAI) declaring that no screening of the movies starring Pakistani artists will take place in 4 states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Sunday extended his support to Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil while taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Taking a swipe at PM Modi visiting Pakistan, Kashyap said that he did not apologise for his visit to Pakistan on December 25, which was the same time that Johar was busy shooting for ADHM. In a series of tweets, Kashyap hinted at the fallout of the Uri attack which now demands a ban on Pakistani actors.
Reacting to this, Bollywood director and producer Madhur Bhandarkar said that whatever Kashyap said was wrong and that it has become habitual for everybody to oppose PM Modi.
“Whatever Anurag Kashyap said is wrong, Neither BJP nor Government has issued any ban, it has become a trend to protest against Modiji,” said Bhandarkar.
The decision taken by the COEAI at its meeting on Friday mainly covers single screen theatres and comes amid tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of Uri attack last month. The move will hit Karan Johar’s upcoming Diwali release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which features Fawad Khan.
“I congratulate the Cinema Owners Association for taking this stand. They have supported our boycott of Pakistani artistes through this decision and it reflects and respects the sentiments of people of our country,” MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray told PTI.
“The Army is fighting for the country. The country comes first and the film industry needs to realise that everything is not normal…there is tension between the two countries and people do not want to see the Pakistani artists on screen,” she said.