Film Maker Karan Johar along with MNS Chief Raj Thackrey met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the release issue of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ at Fadnavis’ Resident.
Mukesh Bhatt also joined the meeting at Fadnavis’ residence.
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“I assured Mr.Fadnavis that the Producer’s Guild has decided that we will not work with Pakistani artists in the future,” Said Mukesh Bhatt.
“Also Karan Johar has said he will run a slate before the movie starts which honours the martyrs, its a tribute,” he added.
Decks were today cleared for the smooth release of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” after director Karan Johar accompanied by Producers’ Guild President Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that filmmakers would not work with Pakistani artistes given the people’s sentiments in India post Uri attacks.
Fadnavis met Johar and Bhatt at his residence ‘Varsha’ here this morning along with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, whose party had been opposing the release of the upcoming movie as Pakistani actor Fawad Khan features in the film.
Producers Sidharth Roy Kapur, Sajid Nadiadwala and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios were also present in the meeting.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bhatt said that it was “positive and constructive and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ will release as per the schedule.”
“We discussed the unfortunate events related to the film’s release. I shared the film industry’s emotions regarding the entire issue. We are Indians first and then comes our business,” he said.
Bhatt also said that they have assured the CM that neither the Producers’ Guild nor any filmmaker will work with any Pakistani artiste or technician in the future.
Also, the (Producers’) Guild will call a meeting to pass a resolution on not working with Pakistani artists. A copy of the same would be sent to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as well as the Chief Minister, he said.
Besides, Johar has decided to put a special mention in the beginning of the film paying homage to martyrs.
“Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ starts playing out in the screens. It is a tribute from us to our soldiers,” Bhatt said.
The makers of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, will also contribute a portion of its revenue to the army welfare fund, he said, adding “We owe this to the Army.”
MNS Chief Raj Thackery said that, “every producer who has cast Pak artists will give Rs5 crore to Army relief fund:Raj Thackeray”.
“Producers will have to give in writing that they will not take Pakistani actors in their films,” he added.
Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” had been embroiled in controversy over the past few weeks after the MNS opposed the screening of movies featuring Pakistani actors after the Uri terror attack, putting a question mark on the fate of movie, slated for Diwali release on October 28.