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Karan Johar’s appeal has no effect on MNS, party continues to oppose Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The woes surrounding the film don't seem to die down.

Keyur Seta

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been opposing the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil since the film stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. The party has even threatened the multiplexes of dire consequences if they screen the film. This has been in consequence of the Uri attacks in Jammu and Kashmir last month. 

With the controversy not showing signs of cooling down, Johar released a video yesterday condemning the Uri attacks and applauding Indian soldiers for their surgical strike to avenge the attack. More importantly, he categorically stated that he won’t work with artists from the neighbouring country. All this was an indirect attempt to reach out to the MNS to allow his film to release. 

However, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai filmmaker’s appeal has had no effect whatsoever on the MNS. The party members aren’t in a mood to back off. MNS leader Amey Khopkar, who has been the torch-bearer in opposing the film pointed out that Johar didn’t mention Pakistani actors in his statement. He said, “Has he realised it only now? He didn’t understand it for such a long time? He has not mentioned Pakistani actors. He has said he won’t work with the neighbouring country’s talent. Talent?”

Shalini Thackeray, general secretary of Chitrapat Karmachari Sena also echoed the same sentiments. She said, “This is the same Karan Johar who once said Pakistani actors should not be banned. Why this sudden change in heart? It’s come a little too late in the day for him. We are firm on our stand and we will not allow him to release the film.”

With just eight days to go for the ADHM’s release, it is to be seen whether the film will actually release properly on 28 October.