A body of film and TV producers has said that films like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees, which are set for release, should not be targeted.
Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) yesterday announced that it won’t release movies starring actors from Pakistan, in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa. This has put an uncertainty on the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil as it features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
“The Guild in no uncertain terms confirms the film industry stands in unison with the Government’s recent steps to counter terrorism. It will naturally abide by any decision taken by the Central Government with regard to future policy on issuance of work visa to foreign artistes.
“However, we would urge the central and state governments to appreciate that the film producers, who have already shot their films or are in the process of completing their unfinished films, should not end up paying heavy price for no fault of theirs due to engaging the services of talent from across the border.
“These artistes were employed through proper legal channels prior to the recent escalation of hostilities,” Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Guild, said in a statement here.
“The Guild urges the central and state governments to not only ensure smooth release of such films, including ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, as well as to guide the industry on the way forward with respect to the mechanism to be adopted in hiring or utilisation of talent associated with our neighbours.”