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USA: Oye! Times readers Get FREE $30 to spend on Amazon, Walmart…Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS leader, Raj Thackeray, has promised not to block the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil after its producers promised not to use Pakistani actors in the future and pay Rs. 5 crore as ‘penance’ for army welfare. Thackeray suggested that like producers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, all producers who have signed Pakistani actors will have to pay the same amount to army fund.
A meeting was held between producers’ guild president Mukesh Bhatt and Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, and Mr Thackeray on Friday. MNS is among outfits that had threatened to vandalise cinemas and block the film as it stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. After the meeting, Mr Bhatt revealed that “we had a constructive meeting. Shared emotions of industry. For us, India comes first. I have assured Chief Minister that…we’ll not work with Pakistani actors.” Whereas on the other hand, Mr Thackeray claimed victory and mentioned that “all the producers who have Pakistani artistes in their film will as penance have to pay some money. I suggested Rs. 5 crore per film… and give the money to the army welfare fund,” indicating that the condition will also apply to upcoming Shah Rukh Khan starrers Raees and Dear Zindagi.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Mr Bhatt alleged that Karan Johar has offered to honour Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani terrorists in a message that will be screened before the film. Earlier on Thursday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had reportedly assured producers that the film will release without any violence and all cinemas will have “100 per cent police protection”.