The recent issue of banning Karan Johar’s latest production Ae Dil Hai Mushkil took a drastic toll when Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena threatened to vandalise cinemas and block the film as it had Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. However, he has decided not to block the release of the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil only after the producers of the film that have Pakistani actors will have to pay Rs. 5 crore as ‘penance’ for army welfare. Accordingto Mr Thackeray those producers who have Pakistani actors in their film will have to pay this penance Rs. 5 crore per film and this money will go to the army welfare fund. Apparently, the producers of such movies comply with such decision.
There was a meeting held with Karan Johar, producers’ guild president Mukesh Bhatt and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Raj Thackeray, in regards to the banning of the film as it stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. According to Mr Bhatt India comes first, and they have promised that they will not work with any Pakistani actors in the future. In an interview, Mr Bhatt said that Karan Johar would have a segment before the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil where he would honour the Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani terrorists. Apparently, this also applies to Shah Rukh Khan starters Raees and Dear Zindagi. The producers of these films also have to pay the penance of Rs 5 crore due to the presence of Pakistani actors in them.
With the whole Ae Dil Hai Mushkil controversy brewing, Karan Johar released a short video wherehe assures that the movie was shot before the whole Uri terror attack that took the lives of 19 Indian soldier. According to him, the country is of top most priority, and he has no issue paying the penance of Rs 5 crores for a good cause.With the success of the meeting where Raj Thackeray gave the green signal for the movie release. Home minister Rajnath Singh had assured that the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil would release with proper police protection in all cinemas. Even though there are cinema owners who have decided not to release the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, we still hope that the film will be able to do well even after being a victim of such harsh controversy.