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India Takes Steps to Counter Threats of Violence Over Movie Release

Posted on Oct 20 2016 - 7:33pm
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NEW DELHI — India moved on Thursday to intervene in a nationalist furor that has swept Bollywood since an army base was attacked last month and that has threatened to derail the release of major movies starring Pakistani actors.

Relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated since the attack in September by militants who India says were from Pakistan. One of India’s biggest groups of cinema owners has said that it will not show films featuring Pakistani actors, partly targeting the planned release of a film this month by Karan Johar, one of Bollywood’s most successful directors. The movie stars a Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan.

A far-right political party based in the state of Maharashtra has also warned all Pakistani performers working in India to leave within 48 hours or “risk being beaten up.”

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The Pakistani actor Fawad Khan stars in an Indian film to be released later this month.

The Indian minister of home affairs, Rajnath Singh, met Thursday morning with a delegation led by the president of a major movie producers’ group and said that steps would be taken to ensure that the film by Mr. Johar would not be disrupted by violence.

The movie group’s president, Mukesh Bhatt, of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India, said after the meeting that the minister “gave me his assurance, his 100 percent assurance, that he will speak to every single chief minister, of every state, to see that law and order is maintained.”

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An official for the home affairs department added that the minister “told the delegation that he will personally speak to the chief minister” of Maharashtra.

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Mr. Johar released a video this week pleading for support for the release of the film, “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” saying he would not cast Pakistani actors in the future.

A member of Mr. Johar’s company, Dharma Productions, was part of the delegation that met with the home minister.

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This article was originally published onĀ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/21/world/asia/india-pakistan-movie-karan-johar.html

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