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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Police to provide security to cinemas after vandalism threats


Mukesh Bhatt, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and Vijay Singh, CEO of Foxstar Studios, approached Ashok Dudhe, the deputy commissioner of police of Mumbai Police seeking police protection for cinemas screening the film. 

Keyur Seta

Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been constantly opposing the film since it stars Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan. They are reacting in response to the Uri attacks last month that killed 19 Indian soldiers. 

Last week, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) decided to not screen the film in single screens in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Gujarat. 

In a fresh threat today, Amey Khopkar of the MNS said, “We will oppose the screening of the movie everywhere in the state. If any multiplex operator dares to screen the film, they (operators) should remember that multiplexes are decorated with expensive glass sheets.We will also oppose Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees though it is slated to release in January.”

Now, just hours later, Mukesh Bhatt, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and Vijay Singh, CEO of Foxstar Studios, the distributors of ADHM, approached Ashok Dudhe, the deputy commissioner of police of Mumbai Police seeking police protection for cinemas screening the film. 

After the meeting, Dudhe accepted the demands and assured full security. In a statement released to the media, the Mumbai Police said, “We Mumbai Police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required.” 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will release on 28 October. It is to be seen how MNS reacts to the decision by Mumbai Police.