Web Desk: Indian Union home minister Rajnath Singh has assured full support for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ release, producer of the movie Mukesh Bhatt was quoted as saying by reports in Indian media.
“Rajnathji said he will speak to the chief minister of every state and assured that “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” will release without any violence or issue,” Mukesh Bhatt was quoted as saying after his meeting with the Union Home Minister in Delhi.
The release of the film has become a bone of contention. The narrow mindedness and shallowness runs deep on both sides of the border. The latest example is the inclination towards judging patriotism of the fellow citizens based on their stance on the release of the film.
Leading Indian film director, Karan Johar, in contrast with his earlier stance, had to prove his patriotism in public when he had to release a video where he salutes Indian Army and vows that he would no longer use Pakistani actors in his films.
He expressed his “deep sense of pain” on being considered anti-national by a few people.
Johar pleads that the film be released as it is unfair to the people who worked in it.
Ashamed that we as a society have bullied @karanjohar into having to prove his patriotism. Anti national has become the label of the Mob
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) October 18, 2016
It may be noted that the release of the film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ (scheduled on October 28) became doubtful after threats from India’s nationalist Hindu organizations to the Pakistani actors working in India. Karan Johar’s film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan is one of the victims of the Pakistan-India tensions riled up lately after the Uri attack.
Commentators say that the ruling BJP has upped the ante especially ahead of an election in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, where PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking forward to capitalize on anti-Pakistan sentiment. “Tough talk on Pakistan is quickly replacing economic development as the party’s election platform,” wrote Geeta Anand and Ayesha Venkataraman on Thursday in an NYT piece. They also fear that the tensions are likely to increase in coming months.