Mumbai: The MNS agreed to allow the smooth release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil after a tripartite meeting with the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Film Producers Guild. Following the agreement, the controversy over the film extinguished but the ban on Pakistani artists Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan continues.
According to a report in Bollywoodlife.com originally attributed to DNA, the ban on Pakistani artistes is forever.
MNS Chief Shalini Thackeray clarified that the agreement applies to only three movies. “They had discussed and specified three movies and it applies to them including Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Raees and a movie called Dear Zindagi and nothing beyond this,” she said.
“We made it clear that we wanted a permanent ban on Pakistani artistes, technicians and singers. We will ensure that no filmmaker works with Pak artistes in the future, even if the relations between the two countries improve. It is not timely or periodic, it will be forever and we will ensure that it is complied with,” DNA quoted her as saying.
Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil ran into trouble for having Pakistani actor Fawad Khan on board while Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees has Mahira Khan and Dear Zindagi features Ali Zafar.