Karan Johar’s upcoming movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil ran into a storm of trouble on Friday after a prominent national theatre owners association refused to screen the film because of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan’s presence.
A stream of Twitter users, some from the industry, shared their opinions on the issue:
In a major setback to #ADHM , The COEAI - West India Single screens Association decides to not to screen Movies staring Pakistani actors..— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) October 14, 2016
#AeDilHaiMushkil is an Indian film with Indian actors & crew except 2 Pakistani actors. By obstructing it's release you harm your own film.— Harneet Singh (@Harneetsin) October 14, 2016
Not screening #Aedilhaimushkil is not a solution to cross border terrorism !! Decision taken by the Cinema owners association is ridiculous.— Harneet Singh (@Harneetsin) October 14, 2016
The Cinema Owners’ and Exhibitors Association told media on Friday they decided to not screen any movie with Pakistani artistes, directors or technicians – a response to worsening ties with the neighbouring country and an attack on army base in Kashmir by alleged Pakistani militants that killed 19 soldiers.
“We have decided to not screen films with Pakistani actors,” association vice-president Nitin Datar was quoted as saying by ANI.
The association comprises of mostly single-screen theatres and media reports said the decision will affect the movie’s business in Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
“Keeping in mind patriotic feelings and national interest, we request all members to refrain from screening these. We will also request other associations to do the same.”
The highly anticipated movie starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Fawad Khan and Anushka Sharma was slated for a Diwali release but has been in trouble since bilateral ties plummeted with Pakistan.