Ratcheting up the ante in their ‘No Pakistani actors in Bollywood’ stance, the MNS, Raj Thackeray’s political party, has trained its guns on Diwali’s big release, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Pak actor Fawad Khan and some other top actors. Now uncertainty looms over the film as it’s caught in the crosshairs of strong anti-Pak winds in the country.
Not surprisingly, rumours are flying around like snowflakes in a blizzard while director Karan Johar refuses to comment on whether Fawad will remain in the film or be erased out of the role.
The debate, dissension or acceptance of the MNS diktat or the fate of the film isn’t the focus of this edit. What we would like to witness this time is the city refusing to be held ransom by political parties over a movie’s release. Let us take extra precautions to ensure there are no incidents of violence, no matter the star cast. Multiplexes and the general infrastructure of the city should not be damaged under any circumstances. More often than not, the controversial book or film get relegated to the background even as political parties showcase their might by creating ruckus in the city — destroying everything in their path, no matter if it’s remotely related to the subject of controversy. Transportation serves are hit due to such unrest, which cause a huge inconvenience to Mumbaikars, who are simply trying to go about their day-to-day lives.
Multiplex owners are keeping their cards close to their chest when it comes to this film. Yet, the tension and concern is palpable. Respect our soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. Don’t allow Mumbai to spiral into a cycle of violence this Diwali because of the high-profile film. Let there be no unnecessary loss of property and, more importantly, life.