Anurag Kashyap lent support to Karan Johar, whose upcoming directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Fawad Khan is facing trouble after cinema owners association decided to stall the release of movies starring Pakistani artistes. Now Kashyap has yet again raised his voice and this time on nobody else but India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The filmmaker took to Twitter and wrote, “Sir you haven’t yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM.. It was dec 25th. Same time KJo was shooting ADHM? Why?” Kashyap was referring to PM Modi’s unscheduled detour to visit Nawaz Sharif on December 25, 2015.
In fact, the director didn’t stop there. He tweeted a couple of more questions pointing at PM Modi. He asked him, “why is it that we have to face it while you can be silent??” adding that PM Modi actually diverted his trip to Pakistan on our tax money. This, while the film was shot with the money on which someone here pays interest. The series of Tweets surely portray the kind of frustration Kashyap has over being a filmmaker and also resonates the trouble the artistes from the Indian film industry face. In another tweet, he wrote “The world must learn from us.. We solve all our problems by blaming it on movies and banning it.. #ADHM . With you on this @karanjohar.”
Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) yesterday announced that they would not screen movies starring Pakistani artistes in the four states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.
KJo’s movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead. The decision taken by the COEAI mainly covers single screen theatres and comes amid tensions between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attack last month. Johar tweeted, “See you at the cinemas on the 28th of this month! #AeDilKiDiwali”.
Many industry people including Om Puri, Shyam Benegal, Vikram Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt and Censor Board Chief Pahalaj Nihalani have slammed the ban on the release of the film which is ready for its release on the Diwali weekend this month.