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After days of silence, writer-director Karan Johar finally spelled his views on all the brouhaha over his movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in it.
In an emotional video statement released on Tuesday, Mr Johar said that he would “not engage talent from neighbouring country given the circumstance” but also made a public appeal for his film.
Amid growing voices from a section of politicians and film bodies to stall the release of ADHM or erase sections that has Fawad in it, Mr Johar said: “I beseech you to know one thing…that over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and I don’t think it’s fair to them to face any kind of turbulence on account of other fellow Indians”.
After facing backlash on social media with abusing him and calling him “anti-national”, “coward” and “Fawad Khan’s wife”, Mr Johar said that he stayed silent because he felt a “deep sense of hurt and pain” to be questioned about his patriotism.
“There has been some talk about why I have remained silent for past two weeks. Today I would like to clarify that the reason why I remained silent is because of the deep sense of hurt and pain that I felt. There are few people who actually believe that I am being anti-national. I need to say this and I say this with strength that for me my country comes first. Nothing else matters to me but my country. I have always felt that the best way to express your patriotism is to spread love and that’s all I have ever tried to do through my work and my cinema,” Mr Johar said. He added that when he had shot ADHM
last year, the climate and circumstances between the two countries was completely different. “There were efforts made by our government for peaceful relations with the neighbouring country and I respected those endeavours and efforts then and I respect the sentiments today,” he said.
Mr Johar added that he condemns any form of terrorism and salutes the Indian army for their role in protecting the nation. “I respect the Indian army, I salute the Indian army for everything they do to protect us in our environment. I respect them with all my heart and I say that I condemn any form of terrorism and especially the terrorism that would affect people of my country and me,” Mr Johar said in the video.
It may be mentioned here that the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had threatened to bash up Pakistani artiste and even stall the release of ADHM and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees following the Uri attack in which 19 soldiers were killed on September 18. Both the films feature Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan respectively. Unmoved by Mr Johar’s appeal, MNS’s Shalini Thackeray, claimed that MNS is firm on its stand. “Mr Johar has risen to the occasion a bit late. We oppose the screening of the movie as we did earlier. He has been caught napping,” she said.
To avoid any untoward incident, a team from Mr Johar’s Dharma Productions along with filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt met Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattaray Padsalgikar on Tuesday and sought protection for multiplexes that wanted to screen ADHM during the Diwali weekend. Mr Bhatt, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India said that the cops had assured them with complete protection. “The Mumbai police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required,” said Mr Ashok Dudhe, deputy commissioner of police. However, MNS workers have threatened to block the screening of the film, “MNS style”.
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