The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has held a protest against filmmaker Karan Johar outside his office. After rounding up the activists and taking them to the police station, the Mumbai police have provided security outside the producer-director’s office in Andheri West.
Karan Johar who has cast Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, had spoken against the MNS, who had told Pakistani artistes to leave the country. Johar said that banning Pakistani artistes was not the solution to terrorism.
According to MNS leader Shalini Thackeray who led the agitation, Johar’s statement was unfortunate. “These Pakistani artistes gain fame and money in India and till date have not spoken against Pakistan for encouraging terrorism. If Johar feels so much, let him migrate to Pakistan and make films there,” said Thackeray. Senior MNS activists had submitted a memorandum to Johar’s office.
In the letter, it warned Johar that just as he had creative liberty to make films with Pakistani artistes, MNS would also ensure it is not screened in the theatres.
Joint commissioner of police, law and order, Deven Bharti, confirmed that adequate security has been provided outside the office of Dharma productions. “All foreign nationals, who are in Mumbai on valid documents provided by the government of India, need not worry. We will provide adequate protection as and when required.”