Last few weeks have turned out to be tumultuous for Karan Johar and his upcoming film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. His video message, with a heartfelt plea to political parties opposing the release of the film, hasn't worked in the film's favour.
The Week has learnt that the Maharashtra Navnirman Kamgar Sena is not sympathetic to the filmmaker's plea and has issued notices (the copy of which is in our possession) to cinema chains asking not to release the film or face consequences.
The letter, issued in Marathi, says, “Indians sincerely feel that you should not screen films in which features artistes from Pakistan, as the country has been constantly launching cowardly attacks to spread terror in India. Recently,18 jawans died when an army base in Uri was attacked. Now, the time has come for us to show our swabhimaan. As a patriotic duty, we are requesting you not to release films with Pakistani actors.”
Later, signed by Dr Manoj Chauhan, president MNKS, the letter urges the cinema chain again with a threat. It says, “We urge you to agree to our request, otherwise we will have to show you our fierce deshseva.”
Further, highlighting a few lines, it says, “If you do not adhere to our request, those of your workers associated with our Union won't work with you.”
While the cinema chains have received the letter, they are not ready to speak on the matter as of now.