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'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' Row: Karan Johar To Meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh Over Film's Release

He will be accompanied by filmmakers Mukesh Bhatt and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

20/10/2016 11:02 AM IST | Updated 20/10/2016 11:21 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Film director Karan Johar will today meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding the release of his upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

He would be accompanied by producers Mukesh Bhatt and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

The trio are set to meet the Home Minister to discuss about the security around the release of the film, which features featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, among others.

The movie will hit the theatres on 28 October.

After situation between India and Pakistan worsened, many political parties and that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have been demanding a ban on Johar's film that stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in leading roles.

In an emotional video statement, Johar on Tuesday had expressed a "deep sense of hurt and pain" for being called anti-national.

"I condemn terror in the strongest terms, I respect our Army, for me, the country comes first," the 44-year-old had said in the statement. "The reason why I remained silent is because of a deep sense of pain," he added.

Johar, who made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, further said: "The best way to express your patriotism is to spread love and thats all I have ever tried to do through my work and cinema."

On Wednesday, director Shyam Benegal also came out in support of Johar and his film and said that his patriotism is not to be doubted.

He added that Karan chose the actors because of their talent and not because of the country they belong to hence it's very wrong to make him suffer. The MNS after imposing the ban on artistes from the neighbouring country, in response to the terror attack in Uri led by Pakistan, had on Monday openly threatened the theatre owners if they screen the movie.

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