Karan Johar is at the moment the most stressed filmmaker in India. His new ambitious directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which is just a day away from release has been unofficially banned by a section of exhibitors, as it stars a Pakistani actor. But this is not the first time that Karan Johar finds himself in the line of fire.
Listing the occasions when the filmmaker found himself on the wrong side of the moral policing.
Wake Up Sid : In 2009 Karan Johar faced the music for the first time when MNS members ransacked theatres showing the film because some characters in the film referred to ‘Mumbai’ as ‘Bombay’. Huh? ….Karan had to insert a disclaimer to appease the naysayers. But he learnt how unsafe Bomb….sorry, Mumbai had become for filmmakers. “We all refer to Mumbai as ‘Bombay’ in our conversations. So how was I to know that the rules are different on screen?’ Karan told me later.
Roast All India Bakchod: In February 2015 Karan Johar participated in a ‘Roast’ hosted by an outfit that goes by the tell-all name of All India Bakchod. On stage as the world watched aghast, Karan and his Bollywood associates Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor indulged in a binge of lewdness for—what they thought to be—fun. The bacchanalia with Bakchod backfired badly, with the moral police and the real police registering several cases against Karan and his friends. “It was a traumatic time for me. I went through hell. More than me my mother suffered because she saw how stressed I was. Never again,” shuddered Karan.
Ae Film Hai Mushkil: As the impasse with political outfits and self-styled nationalists over the release of Karan’s new film about unrequited love continues, Karan has gone into a shell. An obstinate determined shell. “He won’t give in. He won’t surrender to forces that claim to have a birth right over patriotism. What’s his crime? That he worked with a Pakistani actor in the film? How was he to know that relations between the two countries would worsen before his film’s release?” asks a close friend of Karan. It’s asking for reason during times of war.
Source: Bollywood Masala original article at Karan Johar’s controversies: The times when Karan Johar & his films have been targeted