MNS Chief Raj Thackeray said on Saturday in a meeting with CM Fadnavis & producers that he will not block the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil only if Producers will give in writing that they will not take Pakistani actors in their films and have asked every producer who has cast Pak artists will give Rs 5 crore to Army relief fund.
Mukesh Bhatt producer and director of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil assured Mr.Fadnavis that the Producer's Guild has decided that we will not work with Pakistani artists in the future: Mukesh Bhatt
Producers Sidharth Roy Kapur, Sajid Nadiadwala and VijaySingh of Fox Star Studios were also present in the meeting. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bhatt said that it was "positive and constructive and 'Ae Dil HaiMushkil' will release as per the schedule." "We discussed the unfortunate events related to the film's release.
I shared the film industry's emotions regarding the entire issue. We are Indians first and then comes our business," he said. Bhatt also said that they have assured the CM that neither the Producers' Guild nor any filmmaker will work with any Pakistani artiste or technician in the future.
Also, the (Producers') Guild will call a meeting to pass a resolution on not working with Pakistani artists. A copy of the same would be sent to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as well as the Chief Minister, he said. Besides, Johar has decided to put a special mention in the beginning of the film paying homage to martyrs.
"Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' starts playing out in the screens. It is a tribute from us to our soldiers," Bhatt said.
The makers of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, will also contribute a portion of its revenue to the army welfare fund,he said, adding "We owe this to the Army."
Johar's "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" had been embroiled in controversy over the past few weeks after the MNS opposed the screening of movies featuring Pakistani actors after the Uriterror attack, putting a question mark on the fate of movie,slated for Diwali release on October 28.