Mumbai: Decks were cleared on Saturday for the smooth release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil after director Karan Johar accompanied by Producers’ Guild president Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that filmmakers would not work with Pakistani artistes given the people’s sentiments in India post Uri attacks.
Fadnavis met Johar and Bhatt at his residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai on Saturday morning along with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, whose party had been opposing the release of the upcoming movie as Pakistani actor Fawad Khan features in the film.
Producers Sidharth Roy Kapur, Sajid Nadiadwala and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios were also present in the meeting.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bhatt said that it was “positive and constructive and that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will release as per the schedule.”
“We discussed the unfortunate events related to the film’s release. I shared the film industry’s emotions regarding the entire issue. We are Indians first and then comes our business,” he said.
Bhatt also said that they have assured the chief minister that neither the Producers’ Guild nor any filmmaker will work with any Pakistani artistes or technicians in the future.
Also, the guild will call a meeting to pass a resolution on not working with Pakistani artists. Bhatt said that a copy of the same would be sent to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as well as the chief minister.
Besides, Johar has decided to put a special mention in the beginning of the film paying homage to the martyrs.
“Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ starts playing out in the screens. It is a tribute from us to our soldiers,” Bhatt said.
The makers of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawwad Khan in lead roles, will also contribute a portion of its revenue to the army welfare fund, he said, adding “We owe this to the army.”
Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil had been embroiled in controversy over the past few weeks after the MNS opposed the screening of movies featuring Pakistani actors after the Uri terror attack, putting a question mark on the fate of movie, slated for Diwali release on October 28.