Ajay Devgn bats for KJo’s ‘ADHM’ release

Ajay Devgn, who had earlier alleged that Karan Johar ‘paid’ Kamal Rashid Khan to badmouth ‘Shivaay’ and praise ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, has now come out in support of the Dharma Productions honcho.

Ajay said that banning Indian films featuring Pakistani actors is unfair. "Sometimes, it gets difficult to remove anybody from a film that has already been completed. I feel, when people have shot a film before an issue has happened, they should be allowed to release it," the actor-filmmaker told PTI.

He, however, supported the stand of Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) to put a ban on employing Pakistani actors in Indian films.

In the wake of the Uri terror attack, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had demanded a ban on Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood and not allowing release of films featuring such actors. MNS activists have threatened to disrupt the release of Karan Johar’s directorial which features Fawad Khan, unless the Pakistani actor’s portions are chopped off or replaced with a different actor.

The IMPPA, on the other hand, is of the view that ‘ADHM’ and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Raees’ which features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, may be allowed to release as the movies have already been shot and it is not possible for the makers to replace and reshoot the films.  

Both Ajay’s ‘Shivaay’ and KJo’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ are set to lock horns at the box-office on Diwali weekend on October 28.