Not With Pak Actors: Some Cinema Owners Won't Release Karan Johar Film

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Days before release of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', theatre owners say they won't screen movies with Pak actors

Mumbai: 

Highlights

  1. Will not screen films with Pak actors, say cinema owners
  2. Hit for Karan Johar's 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'; it stars Pak actor Fawad Khan
  3. Move is based on public sentiment, say theatre owners' body
Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which is set for a Diwali release in two weeks, was drawn into a new controversy today as a group of nearly 450 cinema owners said it will not screen films with Pakistani actors given "public sentiment" over terror attacks from across the border.

Mr Johar's film stars Pakistani actors Fawad Khan, who has a sizeable fan following in India, and Imran Abbas.

"We have not put a ban ...we have suspended the release of the films where Pakistani artistes and technicians are involved," said Nitin Datar, the chief of the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India.

The association is largely linked to single screen cinemas, not multiplexes, and has members in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.

A strong critic of the group's stance is one of its members, Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who said there is no legal basis for the move. "Films already shot before changed relations between India and Pakistan should not be affected. Once cleared by censor board, the association does not have the right to ban or take decision not to screen a film," said Mr Nihalani.
 

Poster of Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

He suggested a financial motive; Ajay Devgn's Shivaay also releases the same day as Ae Dil... and is seen as a better bet for single screens.

Other films that star Pakistani actors include Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees, Dear Zindagi and Mom but Mr Johar's film may be affected the most, even though losses are likely to be negligible since Ae Dil... is billed as a multiplex film with urban appeal.  

Last month's terror attack in Kashmir's Uri, in which 19 soldiers were killed, and subsequent surgical strikes by the army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have ratcheted up tension between the neighbours and spurred calls for a wider disengagement from Pakistan - until ties are normal - in a variety of fields including films and sports.

A producers' body in Mumbai recently banned Pakistanis from working in Indian films. In retaliation, Pakistani theatre owners decided to stop screening Indian films.

Parties like Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have threatened to block Mr Johar's film if he does not drop Fawad Khan. The film industry has backed Mr Johar. "We are with the government but let the films that are already made release," said producer Mukesh Bhatt.

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