Theatre owners against screening of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees
Karan Johar’s multi starrer Ae dil Hai Mushkil and Shahrukh Khan’s Raees has got into trouble as theatre owners have decided not to release these movies.
The decision was taken in the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) meeting held on October 14th. Theatre owners from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Gujarat participated in the meeting.
They have decided that films with Pakistani artistes will not be screened here. Pakistani actor Fawad Khan is playing an important role in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is playing the female lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees.
India Pakistan relations have further deteriorated after the Uri attack. Navanirman Sena from Maharashtra earlier threatened that Pakistani actors will not be allowed to act in Indian films.
Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India spokesperson has said that they decided this keeping in mind the patriotic feelings and the national interest of our country.
They have also requested all members and distributors to refrain from screening movies which have involvement of any Pakistani artists, technicians, directors, music directors etc.
He also added that they are also planning to request other associations connected with the film industry to support the sentiments in the interest of the nation.
After the threat from Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS), the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) announced a ban on Pakistani actors. They also requested MNS for a smooth release of films that have already been finished.
Earlier there were also reports about Karan Johar planning to replace Fawad Khan from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, but Dharma Productions have brushed aside these reports as baseless.
The movie also starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma is scheduled to release on October 28th