The controversy regarding MNS call for a ban on Pakistani artistes has been making news every day. After MNS said they will block the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad Khan and Raees starring Mahira Khan, there are many speculations regarding how the filmmakers will cope.
Yesterday a DNA report claimed that Mahira Khan has been dropped from Shah Rukh Khan’s film. Quoting an unnamed source, the report said,
“It was a very painful decision for producer Ritesh Sidhwani to take. The pressure to replace her had been building up for months. It reached a crescendo after the Uri attacks. It came to a point where it became impossible to shoot with any Pakistani artiste. People suggested all kinds of solutions to the impasse, including shooting in Dubai. But it didn’t seem viable. Now, Mahira has unfortunately been relieved of her duties.”
Just a few minutes later, DNA published another report claiming that Karan Johar might replace Fawad Khan with Saif Ali Khan and change his lead female characters’ country of origin (Pakistan) in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
However the sources close to the both production houses have denied these reports and have called them absolutely rubbish. In fact such continuous reports are shocking for them as it has not letting this controversy die.
Bollywood is divided on the ban on Pakistani actors. However almost everyone is agreed that films that are already completed such as Raess and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, should be allowed to release.
The film’s director Rahul Dholakia tweeted late in the night taking an indirect digg at such reports. He wrote,
“Cooker ki saat seeti Baj chuki hai, aag dena bandh kar” (not a line from Raees, I has better dialogues).