Mukesh Bhatt urges MNS to support ‘ADHM’, stating Fawad Khan has a four-minute scene
As we had reported earlier, political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has threatened to vandalise the multiplexes if they dare to screen Karan Johar’s directorial ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘. The prime reason for being against the movie is that Pakistani actor Fawad Khan is a part of it, though he is not playing the lead but only has a cameo. On Tuesday, producer Mukesh Bhatt who is also the President of Film and Television Producers Guild of India (Guild) has requested MNS to support the movie claiming that Fawad Khan has just a four-minute role.
Talking about it to the reporters, Mukesh Bhatt has said, “This film has 150 technicians, only one Pakistani actor who has a four-minute scene. We have put in our money. It is a request to MNS, an appeal on the behalf of the whole film industry that we, all Brothers, should come together and protect the investment made by Indians. Why should we spoil Diwali?” [sic]
“MNS can say whatever it wants to say. We are extending a hand of friendship, we have to accept peace. The filmmaker is helpless, he is caught. We should understand his pain,” added Bhatt talking about understanding Karan Johar‘s situation.
Due to the threats of vandalism issued from MNS, Mukesh Bhatt had made his way today to seek protection for the theatres that will be screening it from Mumbai’s top police officials with a team from Karan Johar’s production house.
“We are just requesting the theatre owners. We can’t reverse the film (‘Ae Dil…’) which has been made. It should be allowed to release. In the future, we will obey the Government’s decision. If there is some damage to the property by MNS, then there is property insurance. I am confident that 95 percent screens will support us.” [sic]