Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday poked fun at the meeting called by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis to resolve the imbroglio over the release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which was facing threat by MNS over the casting of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
“I have not got details about the meeting. But I have news that all three (Fadnavis, Johar and Raj Thackeray) have decided to produce a movie. The name has also been finalised. It is titled ‘Yeh to Hona hi Tha’,” Thackeray said.
On Saturday, Fadanavis mediated a meeting between MNS chief Raj Thackarey and the makers of the film, at his residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai to cool tempers and facilitate the smooth release of the movie after MNS called off its agitation.
MNS had been vehemently protesting against the screening of movies featuring Pakistani actors and artists post the Uri terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.
Responding to a question, Thackeray said Shiv Sena did not participate in the protests alongside MNS as they (Sena) were gauging the situation.
“We decided to keep aloof and see who takes what stand on this issue,” Thackeray said refusing to answer any further question on the controversy.
“Sometimes it is better not to answer a few questions,” he said, adding “people are wise enough to judge the situation.”
Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” had been embroiled in a controversy over the past few weeks after the MNS raised a flag against it, thus putting a question mark on the fate of the movie, slated for a Diwali release on October 28.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi has criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying he “brokered deal” with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) instead of enforcing law and order, amid the row around the release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.
“What a sorry state of affairs! CM brokers deal and buys patriotism for 5 crores! After Home minister had promised peaceful passage for #ADHM,” Azmi, 66, posted on Twitter.
“Sangh Parivar speaks in different voices most blatant expression is CM MHRSTA brokering deal with MNS instead of enforcing law and order for ADHM release.”
Further slamming MNS, Azmi said that the party of noone to decide people’s patriotism.
“MNS will decide whether I am patriotic or not? I bow to the Indian Constitution, Raj Thackeray does not. Whose patriotism needs questioning?”