Karan Johar breaks silence on threats to Pakistani actors in India

India's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena says it won’t allow the release of movies featuring Pakistani artistes

Entertainment Desk September 25, 2016

A day after India's nationalist party threatened Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan on working with Pakistani actors, KJo has opened up about his views on casting Fawad Khan in his movie, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

"I feel my heart bleeds for the lost lives, there is nothing that justify this terrible feeling of terror," he told journalist Barkha Dutt. "Telling Fawad to pack up and leave isn't a solution. Today if my film is being targeted because of this it will make me exceptionally sad. Banning art or artists isn't a solution."

General secretary of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Shalini Thackeray had said on Saturday they won’t allow the release of movies featuring Pakistani artistes.

“We are sending letters to all producers and would request them to cooperate with us, which we hope they will in Maharashtra. If they don’t, we will stop the shoot wherever Pakistani actors are involved," Thackeray said.

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Karan added, "I feel the pain the anger as an Indian citizen. My intent was to always put out a creative product of love and nothing else."

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When asked how he wishes to combat the current situation, he said, "I am a vulnerable soft target. I have combated that with various films. We make movies, we are a creative industry, please leave us alone. We don't matter in this scheme of things."

"Culturally boycotting artists is not a solution," he concluded.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, while Mahira Khan will be seen in Raees opposite SRK.

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F | 6 years ago | Reply Karan johar wouldnt have said this had he been in Kabir Khan's shoes when he was shooting in Pakistan.....when Pakistanis thought that was the solution.....this is extremely insensitive, disgraceful and naive of him to talk like this disrespecting his own film-maker fraternity, his own countrymen.... I am scared now thinking how the country's film industry is in the hands of such brazenly irresponsible people, oblivious to their own surroundings.....whose mind doesnt go beyond the komfy sofas and koffees.....If being sorry was enough, I am sorry for your future state now...baar baar dekho is just the start
Meta Cooler | 6 years ago | Reply I completely disagree with the statement that art has nothing to do with politics.There is a very strong relation between art and politics.Most of the literature of the world has been based on politics.
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