New Delhi: Troubles just don't seem to end for Karan Johar's upcoming release 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Latest reports claim that some theatre owners have withdrawn their support from the film's release which also features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.
"We have decided that we will not screen these films (with Pak actors). After Pakistan banned our content, we decided to boycott Paki actors, technicians etc in India" ANI quoted Cinema Owners Association president Nitin Datar as saying.
"The association is not going to screen any movie and the decision implies from today until things don't get normal. States included under the association are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. We are also in the process of requesting other associations connected with the film industry to support the sentiments in the best interest of our nation," he said.
If implemented, this will have a heavy impact on the Box Office collections of the film.
Earlier, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was campaigning against this flick for the same reason.
'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' is slated to release on October 28 this year.
After the September 18 Uri terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers, the MNS led by Raj Thackeray had issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes to leave India and said they would not let their movies release in the country.
"I congratulate Cinema Owners Association for taking such a decision. Won't allow any movie with Pak artists to release," said MNS official Amey Khopkar.
Later, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution to ban Pakistanis from working in Indian films. In retaliation, some Pakistani theatre chain owners banned the screening of Indian films.
Recently, popular Pakistani musicians like Shafqat Amanat Ali and Salman Ahmad had condemned the Uri attack and had hoped for normalcy to return in both the countries.
Even Pakistani actor Fawad Khan released a statement on his social network account and said that he is praying for "a more peaceful world".
(With agency inputs)