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ADHM release: Tribute to soldiers to be added in film..

By HT

After more than three weeks, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and director Karan Johar appear to have come to an understanding over the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM).

Mahesh Bhatt, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, said Johar will include a special mention paying homage to soldiers killed in the recent militant attacks at the start of his film ADHM, set to release over this Diwali weekend.

Further, the guild will no longer work with Pakistani employees.

MNS president Raj Thackeray and Johar met with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday morning after the MNS demanded that Johar cut Pakistani actor Fawad Khan out of his film.

The Sena’s demand came within a week of the Uri attack in which militants killed 19 soldiers. India blamed Pakistan for sheltering the militants who carried out the attack, and even used diplomatic channels to isolate the neighbour country over the issue of terrorism.

While actors across Bollywood weighed in, Johar finally spoke up this week, saying he would no longer work with Pakistani actors.

“For me, my country comes first… When I shot Ae Dil Hai Mushkil from September to December last year, the [political] climate was completely different. There were efforts made by our government for peaceful relationships with the neighbouring country… Going forward, I would like to say that of course I wouldn’t engage with talent from the neighbouring country given the circumstance.”

However, the MNS demanded that the director completely cut Khan out of the film, a demand, if accommodated, would set the movie’s release date back by weeks.

“I assured Mr Fadnavis that the Producer’s Guild will not work with Pakistani artists in the future,” Bhatt said, referring to the Saturday meeting.

On October 20, the guild met Rajnath Singh regarding the release of the movie after which Bhatt said the government assured security to the exhibitor featuring the movie, and try to maintain law and order.

However, MNS kept up the relentless pressure on the film, which also stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, and threatened to disrupt its release.