The makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil unveiled its much awaited trailer today, while the makers of Raees are gearing up for the movie to hit the silver screens next year. Amidst all of this, the filmmakers of both the movies are hit with a major threat from the Maharashtrian Nationalist Party ‘Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’ (MNS). MNS have clearly mentioned that they will halt the films from being released in Maharastra as both the movies star Pakistani actors in it (Fawad Khan starring in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Mahira Khan starring in Raees).
While taking to Indian Express the general secretary of MNS Shalini Thackeray stated that its a direct threat to producers such as SRK and Karan Johar who feature Pakistani actors in their films. And why can’t they star Indian actors in their films? Why can’t they find a single Indian actor to star in their movies among 125 Crore Indian population? And what is the need of importing people from a country like Pakistan which has given India a major problem? And this ain’t a veiled threat it is a direct threat to them. She, later on, added that they will not allow the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees’ release in Maharastra.
When Shalini was asked during the interview that whether they will allow both the films to be released in Maharashtra as the shootings for both Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees is almost over, she stated that it is their look out and depends upon them that what they should be doing with the films which have Pakistani actors in it. And they will be soon sending letters to the producers in which they will urge them to cooperate with MNS. And if the producers do not abide by the verdict they will stop each and every filming in which Pakistani actors are involved.
Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma has an innumerable number of fan following in Maharastra and if the makers of these movies have to abide by MNS’ decision then the movies might face a major financial loss.
However, the president of MNS Amey Khopkar stated that they have not taken this decision to acquire political mileage, as the issue is very crucial. And they will not allow any Pakistani actors to work in Mumbai. And there is no need of Pakistani actors as there are a lot of talent in India and the party in power should have taken the stand. MNS have always shook hands with Pakistani actors in India and they haven’t done anything in return. India is losing its brave jawans because of the attacks triggered by Pakistan and its is not possible to witness Pakistani actors’ performance sitting in India and people should understand the situation.
Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will be releasing on October 28, 2016, and Rahul Dholakia’s Raees will be releasing on January 26, 2017.