WATCH | Karan Johar finally breaks silence on the ADHM row, read full statement here!
For the longest time, there has been a lot brewing in the country post the ban on Pakistani actors. Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is facing difficulties in the form of protests from political wing MNS who have now threatened theatre owners of vandalising their cinema halls if they screen the Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer.
The major bone of contention here is Fawad Khan, who has a small but important role in Karan’s directorial venture. MNS wants him removed from the film. Especially after the Uri attack, the sentiments have only gained more momentum with a majority of the audience too backing the boycott of ADHM.
Karan had remained silent for the last two weeks but now, he’s broken his silence and given out a full statement to the press where he’s addressed the issue and expressed his sentiments on the same.
Here’s what he had to say –
“There has been some talk about why I remained silent for the past 2 weeks. Today, I would like to clarify that the reason why I have remained silent is because of the deep sense of hurt and the deep sense of pain that I have felt when I saw that a few people could actually believe that I am being anti-national. I need to say this and I say this with strength – For me, my country comes first. Nothing else matters to me but my country.
I have always felt that the best way to express your patriotism is through love. And that’s what I have always tried to portray through my work and my cinema. When I shot my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil from September to December last year, the climate was completely different. The circumstances were completely different. There were efforts made by our government for the peaceful relationship with the neighbouring country. And I respected those endeavours, those efforts then. I also respect the sentiment today. I understand the sentiment because I feel the same.
Going forward, I would like to say that of course, I will not engage with talent from the neighbouring country, given the circumstance. But with that same energy, I beseech you to know one thing- that over 300 people in my Indian crew have put their blood, sweat and tears into making my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. I don’t think it’s fair to them to face any kind of turbulence on account of other fellow Indians. I respect the Indian army. I salute them for everything they do to protect us in our environment. I respect them with all my heart. And I say that I condemn any form of terrorism specially the terrorism that will affect the people of my country and me. I just hope all of you understand exactly the circumstance that we are in and respect the fact that we love and respect our country over and above anything else”
Watch the video right here: