ADHM row: Amid vandalism threat by MNS, film producers seek police protection for multiplexes

Amid threats by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) of vandalism at multiplexes if they screen Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, the film’s producers today met Mumbai’s top police officials seeking protection for theatres. The film is slated for a Diwali release at the end of this month.

A team from Johar’s Dharma Productions along with filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt met Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattaray Padsalgikar and Joint Police Commissioner (law and order)Deven Bharti, Bhatt is the president of Film and Television Producers Guild of India.

“Mumbai police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe said.

The Raj Thackeray-led MNS had yesterday said it would intensify its opposition to Karan Johar’s film because it features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. They issued a veiled threat of vandalism to the multiplexes if they screened it.

The opposition by MNS and some other political parties to films with actors from Pakistan in the aftermath of Uri terror attack has put a question mark on the fate of Johar’s film.

“We will oppose the screening of the movie everywhere in the state. If any multiplex operator dares to screen the film, they (operators) should remember that multiplexes are decorated with expensive glass sheets,” MNS leader Amey Khopkar had said yesterday.

The party did not favour employing Pakistani actors so its opposition to such films will continue, he said.

“We will also oppose Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ though it is slated to release in January,” Khopkar added.

Single-screen theatre operators have announced that they will not screen Johar’s upcoming film, but there was no similar assurance from multiplex operators so MNS made its stand clear, the party had said.

The Karan Johar-directed “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles and also features Khan.

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