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MNS workers have put their words into action and headed to Karan Johar’s office, on Tuesday afternoon, to protest against the director for casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in his upcoming film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. According to reports, an estimate of 100 party workers assembled outside the director’s Andheri (West) office to shout slogans. The police force was deployed and security was beefed up outside the Dharma premises.
This attack comes after Amey Khopkar, chief of the MNS’s cinema workers’ unit Chitrapat Karamchari Sena had given a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artists and actors to leave India or ‘be pushed out’. The party also demanded that directors of films like ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and ‘Raees’ should ‘chop out’ the roles of their Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan in order for the group to allow the release of their film.
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The MNS leader went a step further with the xenophobia, saying, “Pakistani artistes will get beaten up. Along with them, we will also beat up whichever producer or director is with them.”
MNS leader threatens Pakistani actors: Get out in 48 hours, or we will push you out
In an interview with a leading channel, Karan Johar pledged his support to his leading star and film saying that banning the actor wasn’t a solution to what is a complex geopolitical problem. He instead questioned the political party’s move saying, “I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then you are faced in a situation such as this (asking for a ban on Pak artistes). If this was truly a solution, one would take it.” He went on to explain, “But this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art.”
The director admitted that he felt ‘vulnerable’ as his intention behind making the film was nothing but a ‘product of love’. He also said that he felt they (actors, producers) were ‘soft targets’ and hence, threatened. Karan said, “Sometimes, you just want to fold your hands and say, ‘We are a creative industry. Please leave us alone. We make movies, we spread love. There are millions in the world, in our country who are happy with the work we do, allow us that…’ I think we should not be those soft targets anymore. We don’t matter in the scheme of things, but we can make things happier and better.”
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ that also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, has been slated for a Diwali release.
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