Deal struck, MNS backs off, will not oppose Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release

Director Karan Johar will pay tribute to soldiers killed in Uri before film begins; Producers Guild president Mukesh Bhatt meets Maharashtra chief minister and assures that guild members will not hire any artiste from Pakistan in future.

Mayur Lookhar

If Mukesh Bhatt is trending on Twitter, then it has got to be something serious. Along with Karan Johar, the veteran producer met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that from here on members of the Film and Television Producers' Guild will not hire any artiste or technician from Pakistan in their films. 

“I assured Mr Fadnavis that the Producers' Guild has decided that we will not work with Pakistani artists in the future,” Bhatt told journalists after his meeting with Fadnavis.

The guild's decision comes a couple of weeks after the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) decided to ban Pakistani artistes and technicians from the Hindi film industry.

Bhatt made another important disclosure, saying "Karan Johar will display a slate paying tribute to the Uri martyrs before the film plays out on the screens".

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, too, has backed down from its threat to stall the film's release and declared that it will not oppose the film after Raj Thackeray's meeting with Fadnavis and the producers.

Thackeray said, "CM asked me about the solution. Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starts playing out on the screens. They should give us a written undertaking that no Pakistani actor will be cast in our films." 

Apart from Johar and Bhatt, producers Sajid Nadiadwala and Siddharth Roy Kapur too met the chief minister and Thackeray. Fans can now look forward to seeing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil without any 'mushkil' as the film hits the theatres as scheduled on 28 October.