Karan Johar will no longer be in the delegation to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh, regarding controversy over his movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, but will be represented by Dharma Productions’s Apurva Mehta & Fox Star’s Vijay Singh, Mukesh Bhatt said to media.
Mukesh Bhatt and Siddharth Roy Kapoor will be a part of the delegation.
After maintaining stoic silence for many days on the issue, Johar said that he wouldn’t engage with talent from the other side of the border under such tense circumstances in future.
The MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) had threatened to vandalise multiplexes that would screen Johar’s film. The political party led by Raj Thackeray had also threatened to “beat up” those who engage with Pakistani artists.
The IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association) had imposed a ban on Pakistani artists/ technicians in India post the Uri terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers.
Subsequently, the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India too decided to boycott films featuring Pakistani artists.
Producers of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, a film that also stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, had met Mumbai’s top police officials a few days back seeking protection for the theatres.
The film releases on October 28.