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Karan Johar Speaks Up On Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Row, Says Country Comes First


Updated: October 18, 2016, 9:02 PM IST
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Filmmaker Karan Johar, who has drawn ire and facing difficulties in getting a smooth release of his much-awaited film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, courtesy the presence of Pakistani artiste Fawad Khan, has issued a statement through his recent video.

Through the video the filmmaker makes an attempt to help people understand his perspective.

“There has been some talk about why I remained silent for the past 2 weeks. Today, I would like to clarify that the reason why I have remained silent is because of the deep sense of hurt and the deep sense of pain that I have felt when I saw that a few people could actually believe that I am being anti-national. I need to say this and I say this with strength - For me, my country comes first. Nothing else matters to me but my country.

I have always felt that the best way to express your patriotism is through love. And that's what I have always tried to portray through my work and my cinema. When I shot my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil from September to December last year, the climate was completely different. The circumstances were completely different. There were efforts made by our government for the peaceful relationship with the neighbouring country. And I respected those endeavours, those efforts then. I also respect the sentiment today. I understand the sentiment because I feel the same.

Going forward, I would like to say that of course, I will not engage with talent from the neighbouring country, given the circumstance. But with that same energy, I beseech you to know one thing- that over 300 people in my Indian crew have put their blood, sweat and tears into making my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. I don't think it's fair to them to face any kind of turbulence on account of other fellow Indians. I respect the Indian army. I salute them for everything they do to protect us in our environment. I respect them with all my heart. And I say that I condemn any form of terrorism specially the terrorism that will affect the people of my country and me. I just hope all of you understand exactly the circumstance that we are in and respect the fact that we love and respect our country over and above anything else,” the filmmaker says.

For the uninitiated, the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena said it would increase its opposition to Karan Johar's soon-to-be-released film and also issued a veiled threat of vandalism to the multiplexes if they screened it.

The opposition by MNS and some other political parties to films with actors from Pakistan in the aftermath of Uri terror attack has put a question mark on the fate of Johar's film which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

"We will oppose the screening of the movie everywhere in the state. If any multiplexoperator dares to screen the film, they (operators) should remember that multiplexes are decorated with expensive glass sheets," MNS leader Amey Khopkar said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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