You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ to Get Release After Political Compromise

MUMBAI — The release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” will go ahead this week (Oct. 28,) during the Diwali holiday, following a high-level political compromise. The film is co-produced by Johar’s Dharma Productions with Fox Star Studios India.

Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor, the film’s release was opposed by political party the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) because of the presence of Pakistani star Fawad Khan in the cast. Tensions between India and Pakistan and India have been high in recent weeks after a terrorist attack in Kashmir left several Indian soldiers dead. India retaliated with military strikes.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association last month called on its members to stop working with Pakistani talent and technicians. In retaliation, Pakistani cinema chains stopped screening Indian content, followed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority imposing a blanket ban on Indian film, TV and music.

Johar issued an apology via social media and promised not to use any Pakistani talent in future. On Saturday, prominent producers including Fox’s Vijay Singh, Disney’s Siddharth Roy Kapur and Vishesh Films’ Mukesh Bhatt met MNS chief Raj Thackeray along with Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra of which Mumbai is the capital.

Popular on Variety

Thackeray agreed to let the release go ahead with three conditions – that a slate paying tribute to the slain Indian soldiers be inserted before the film plays in cinemas; a guarantee in writing from the Indian producers’ guild that Pakistani talent will not be engaged in future; and a contribution of Rupees 50 million ($750,000) to the Indian Army Welfare Fund by any Indian production that has Pakistani talent in it.

However, the Cinema Owners & Exhibitors’ Association of India have not accepted the MNS decision and continue to oppose the release of the film. The Mumbai police have promised protection to cinemas playing the film.

Johar, Rai Bachchan and Sharma were in high spirits at a promotional event for the film at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival on Saturday. The festival did not allow any questions on the controversy from the media.

More Film

  • John Stankey

    AT&T's John Stankey: TNT, TBS to Boost Unscripted Volume as WarnerMedia Invests in HBO Max

    The march to the launch of HBO Max in May is driving changes across WarnerMedia. John Stankey, AT&T chief operating officer and WarnerMedia chairman, told investors on Wednesday that cable powerhouses TNT and TBS will lean into more unscripted programming as WarnerMedia steers its investment in high-end scripted programming to the nascent subscription streaming platform. [...]

  • St Louis Superman Oscar Nominated Documentary

    A Closer Look at the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

    These five Oscar-nominated documentary short films have made it to the summit of the nonfiction craft. Topics are international in scope: immigration, refugees, the personal cost of political activism, government malfeasance and girls in war-torn Kabul skateboarding for kicks. In the Absence More than 300 people died when the MV Sewol ferry sank off the [...]

  • Spongebob Movie Trailer

    Watch the 'SpongeBob' Movie Super Bowl TV Spot (EXCLUSIVE)

    Paramount gave an early look at its “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” tv spot that will debut ahead of the Super Bowl. Since even pre-game commercials are expensive, the new clip gives SpongeBob just 26 seconds to describe everything that happens in his new film. “There’s fast cars, flashbacks, Snoop Dogg, robots, a [...]

  • Gabrielle Carteris SAG AFRA PRESIDENT

    SAG-AFTRA Unveils Guidelines for Intimacy Coordinators

    SAG-AFTRA has unveiled the guidelines for intimacy coordinators who are on sets when union members’ work involves nudity and simulated sex. The union released “Standards and Protocols for the Use of Intimacy Coordinators” on Wednesday, six months after announcing that it would standardize the guidelines for such scenes. “SAG-AFTRA believes that implementation of these standards [...]

  • Scandinavia's NENT Group Exits Non-Scripted, Focuses

    Scandinavia's NENT Group Pulls Plug on Non-Scripted, Sets Sights on Drama and Film

    Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), one of Scandinavia’s largest media groups, is set to pull out of non-scripted content, and focus on scripted drama and film production and distribution. The company is looking to bring a minority equity partner on board to bolster its scripted drama production business. As part of the reorg, NENT Group [...]

  • Goteborg Film Festival The Gynecological Cinema

    Anna Odell Puts Men in a Gynaecological Chair

    After William Castle’s “Percepto!” or John Waters’ “Odorama,” it seems like the time has come for Swedish provocateur Anna Odell’s “The Gynaecological Cinema Chair” – an interactive experience created specially for this year’s Göteborg Film Festival. A concept that’s more than just an attention-grabbing gimmick, however, as the director behind 2013’s “The Reunion” was quick [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content