‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’: Makers seek police protection after receiving threats to screen film

We recently reported that political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has threatened to vandalise the multiplexes if they dare to screen Karan Johar‘s directorial ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘. Reason being that this movie features a Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a pivotal role. Now, the latest buzz is that the makers of this romantic drama have met Mumbai’s top police officials, seeking protection for the theatres that will be screening it.

As there are only a 10 days left for the release, a team from Karan Johar’s production house Dharma Productions, along with producer Mukesh Bhatt, who is the President of Film and Television Producers Guild of India, have met the Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattaray Padsalgikar, and Joint Police Commissioner (law and order) Deven Bharti, seeking protection for the theatres that will be screening the film.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe has given a statement saying, “Mumbai police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required.”

MNS leader Amey Khopkar had issued a statement on Monday saying, “We will oppose the screening of the movie everywhere in the state. If any multiplex operator dares to screen the film, they (operators) should remember that multiplexes are decorated with expensive glass sheets.” [sic]

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“The party did not favour employing and cherishing the Pakistani actors so its opposition to such films will continue. We will also oppose Shah Rukh Khan‘s ‘Raees’ though it is slated to release in January,” added Khopkar.

After imposing their ban on the Pakistani artistes, the single-screen theatre operators had even announced that they would not screen this film (‘ADHM’) but the multiplex operators had not given any similar guarantee, following which Amey Khopkar had issued his statement.

‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. The movie is slated to release on October 28, and is all set to clash with Ajay Devgn‘s ‘Shivaay’.