On Thursday Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh extended the Centre’s support to the makers of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and assured security to exhibitors amid threats by MNS to stall the release. The Karan Johar directed film is scheduled to release next week.
The President of Film & Television Producers Guild of India Mukesh Bhatt and Dharma Productions’ Apoorva Mehta led a film fraternity delegation to meet Singh on Thursday afternoon to discuss the smooth release of the film.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bhatt said they decided to meet the Home Minister as there is a sense of “fear” and the law and order situation especially in Mumbai was going out of control.
“We requested him to give us assurance along with the chief minister of the state that law and order will be intact and our movie ‘ADHM’ which is releasing on October 28 should not face any difficulty.
“They have assured us whatever support we want he will provide to us. He said that he will talk to chief ministers of the states so that the law and order remains in place and violence does not take place near theatres. Full security will be given to all exhibitors. The way we celebrate Diwali, (We want) everyone get entertained and celebrate it with happiness,” Bhatt added.
Johar skipped the meeting as he was busy with the post-production of the film in Mumbai.
Union minister Babul Supriyo who was also part of the delegation, said, “MNS is a party of goons. They should not be allowed to take law and order in their hands.”
The movie, which stars Fawad Khan, ran into trouble after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said they would not let any movie featuring Pakistani artistes release in India.
Seeking to calm tempers over opposition to the release of his directorial venture, Johar had made a fervent appeal against stalling the release, saying he will not engage with talent from Pakistan in the future.
However, MNS continued to protest even after Johar’s statement.
Bhatt said that he is not worried about MNS threats after the Home Minister’s assurance and he is confident that “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” will have a smooth release.
“After Home Minister’s assurance I have gained confidence that I’m safe. So, no matter how badly MNS tries, I know government is with me. Families too should not fear anymore. Theater exhibitors need not worry as well. Government has assured 100 per cent support to us,” Bhatt added.
(With inputs from PTI)