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- Karan Johar struck a truce with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena regarding Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release
- MNS chief Raj Thackeray asks producers who have signed Pakistani actors to donate Rs 5 crore as ‘penance’ for Army Welfare Fund
- Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) would still not release ADHM in four states
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Filmmaker Karan Johar struck a truce with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Saturday, but a happy ending for his Diwali release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil still appears elusive.
The MNS officially ended its protests against the film after Johar gave in to the party’s “atonement” demands.
Party chief Raj Thackeray said producers who have signed Pakistani actors will have to pay Rs 5 crore as “penance” for army welfare.
A happy ending for Karan Johar’s Diwali release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil still appears elusive
However, the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) declared that it would persist with its decision to not release ADHM in four states.
The film features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan due to which the ban call could bar the film from releasing in single screens across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka, though the association’s president, Nitin Datar, said they were not averse to discussing the issue with producers of the film.
The controversy broke out over the casting of Fawad in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack on an army camp in Kashmir’s Uri sector last month.
Raj Thackeray-helmed MNS demanded filmmakers to pay ‘penance’ of Rs 5 crore to Army Welfare Fund
The Raj Thackeray-helmed MNS demanded that any film featuring Pakistani artists should be banned, and the COEAI voiced agreement.
“The stand we took earlier continues even now,” Datar said on Saturday.
“The final stand will be taken by the executive committee on Monday. We can’t talk about the future but right now we stick to our stand. Our stand was not according to the MNS. Ours is different. Karan Johar should come to us and talk to us.”
His response came hours after the MNS called off its campaign against the film after Johar along with Producers’ Guild president Mukesh Bhatt and Raj Thackeray met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the CM’s residence to resolve the issue.
COEAI is still not ready to release the movie in four states and want Karan Johar to meet them
At the end of the talks, Thackeray declared that he had made three demands that were met by Karan as well as Bhatt, on behalf of other Guild member-producers of the industry.
“I am told that all the three demands of MNS have been accepted by the producers,” said Thackeray, and then outlined his demands in front of the media.
“Before the beginning of the movie, a tribute should be offered at every screening to the jawans who were martyred in various terror strikes, including the recent Uri and Pathankot attacks.
The producers should also put a blanket ban on Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians henceforth.
Every producer, who has so far featured Pakistani actors, should give Rs 5 crore to the Army Welfare Fund as atonement.
“The producers should handover the cheque to the defence minister and make the photo public,” added Thackeray.
The MNS chief also pointed out that Indian filmmakers should not entertain Pakistani artistes during the current atmosphere of conflict.
“The Pakistan government flatly bans broadcasting of Indian news and entertainment channels without any valid reason. In such a situation, I do not find (a reason) why we should entertain their artistes here,” he told news agencies.
All the movies featuring Pakistani actors will have to pay Rs 5 crore to Army Fund
Although Thackeray’s demand makes it mandatory for Johar to donate towards Army welfare now, the filmmaker had a while back actually promised to give a portion of the collections of ADHM to the families of the jawans killed in the Uri attack.
Johar released an emotional video message this week asking protesters to not disrupt the October 28 release of his big-budget romantic drama that stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and Anushka Sharma.
But the statement has failed to stem a social media campaign backed by avowed nationalists and supporters of right-wing groups urging people to boycott the film.
Though Johar still needs to sort out the COEAI demand, the MNS assurance on Saturday, should come as relief for other filmmakers who currently have films on the floor featuring Pakistani artistes.
These include the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees and Sridevi’s comeback film, Mom.
While SRK’s film has Pakistani heroine Mahira Khan making her Bollywood debut opposite the superstar, Mom features two Pakistani actors, Adnan Siddiqui and Sajal Ali.
The same fate awaits Saket Chaudhary’s Hindi Museum, which was to feature Irrfan Khan opposite Pakistani heroine Saba Qamar
Army veterans against Rs 5-crore offer
Army veterans have rebuked MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s demand that every Bollywood producer who has worked with Pakistani artists should donate Rs 5 crore to the Army’s relief fund.
Former Army commander Lt. Gen. BS Jaswal said to a daily: “The Army doesn’t beg for funds. If a producer wants to donate, he can do it like any other citizen. It’s not acceptable in such a manner.”
“Anyone can contribute to the fund but it has to be voluntary. You can’t force people to make donations and the Army wouldn’t like to accept such money,” another senior army officer said.
Brig. Khushal Thakur (retd) said national sentiments are being exploited by Thackeray.
“If something is wrong, it is wrong. How can a forced donation of Rs 5 crore make it right? But the bottom line is the Army’s name should not be misused for political gain,” he said.
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