A day after theatre owners and exhibitors in Mumbai said they will not screen films with artistes and technicians from Pakistan, director Karan Johar found support in Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Paresh Rawal.
Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala too came forward in support of Fawad Khan-starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Karan Johar will be among the first ones in Bollywood to bear the brunt of the worsening ties between India and Pakistan as his next directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is slated to hit theatres on October 28.
Veteran actor Paresh Rawal an now a parliamentarian, said “Terrorists have claimed one more life… Of solidarity of Indian film industry,” Paresh tweeted on Friday night. The 66-year-old actor added: “Pakistani artistes got their money and travelled club class and safely went back home… And we punish our own producers for no fault of theirs. Think.”
He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) on Friday announced that movies featuring Pakistani actors won’t be screened in single screen theatres in India, including Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.
Meanwhile, Kamaal R Khan spoke up in favour of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil on Friday.
Condemning the decision made by COEAI, Kamaal tweeted: “These cinema owners are cowards who are trying to harass film makers. It’s a big conspiracy by some BJP darlings.” – CINEWS