‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ face protest in Madhya Pradesh

Even after reaching a settlement with Raj Thackrey-led Maharasthra Navnirman Sena for the smooth release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, the Karan Johar-directorial faced trouble on the first day of its release in Madhya Pradesh.

Right wing activists staged demonstrations outside cineplexes where the film was being screened in many cities across the state on Friday. However, theatres continued to screen the movie.

Shiv Sena activists shouted slogans and held demonstrations outside theatres in Bhopal, but their attempt to storm the theatres was foiled by police.

“We staged protest before Jyoti talkies, DB Mall and Rang Mahal. The issue is related to nationalism, and we would continue to protest in case Pakistani actors are cast in Indian movies," Kuldeep Tiwari, city Shiv Sena chief was quoted by a leading daily.

The activists of Hindu Sewa Parishad stalled the screening of the film for some time at the multiplex in Samdareeya Mall in Jabalpur, but the show resumed later under police protection. Similar demonstrations were also held in Gwalior.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had demanded a ban on Pakistani actors working in indian films, following the terrorist attack on Uri army camp in Jammu & Kashmir, in September. MNS activists had threatened of vandalism in theatres that dared to show the movie which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

However, after a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Karan Johar and Mukesh Bhatt, president of the Film & Television Producers Guild, the MNS chief agreed not to disrupt the release of ‘ADHM’ as the film was already shot.