The call by the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association Of India(COEAOI) to not screenKaran Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) is yet another blow to the beleaguered producer-director Karan Johar who has been facing the brunt of political ire as well as opposition from his own fraternity.
While Karan refuses to rid ADHM of Fawad Khan’s presence, there is an increasing number of people in the film industry who are against Karan’s film because of Fawad Khan’s presenceand would like nothing better than to see it being boycotted.Says a well-informed source,“If you look at the association shouting for a ban on Karan Johar’s films the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association had similarly resolved to not release Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan and focus on the Ajay Devgn comedy Son Of Sardaar. The COEAPOI only has authority over single screens in Mumbai and Maharashtra, Gujarat , Goa and Karnataka
. The rest of the country is free to release whichever film they want this Diwali.” Says the source, “I am not suggesting that Ajay Devgan has masterminded the campaign to stop the screening of ADHM . However the association asking for a ban on ADHM are also telling the exhibitors that audiences will prefer
Shivaay for Diwali as action is the preferred genre during the festive season.”
Censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani doesn’t think the latest ban call against ADHM should be taken seriously. “The
. Karan Johar worked with a Pakistani artiste at time when relations with our neighbours were not so bad. Who was to know that relations would worsen so drastically between the two countries after he completed the film? It is cruel and absurd to expect Karan Johar to rid the plot of Fawad’s presence. Let him release his film in peace.