The controversy over the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, does not seem to have dampened the spirits of filmmaker Karan Johar.
The director has not directly commented on the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India’s (COEAI) decision to avoid screening Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. But in a Twitter response to a fan video, he wrote:
“See you at the cinemas on the 28th of this month! #AeDilKiDiwali.”
On Friday, COEAI said their decision has been taken considering the patriotic sentiments of the country amid tensions between India and Pakistan. Apoorva Mehta, CEO, Dharma Productions, said in a statement: “‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ has been cleared by the censor board and we are gearing up for its release on October 28. Diwali is all about love and ‘Ae Dil…’ is all about spreading love.”
The reports suggest that the makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil have decided to remain mum about banning of the film. The film will not be promoted aggressively as planned earlier.