Bollywood celebs Ashoke Pandit, Madhur Bhandarkar and Babul Supriyo have finally broken their silence on the controversy surrounding the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and expressed their support to Karan Johar.
Ashoke Pandit says that people having problem cannot take law and order in their own hands. He tweeted on October 19: "When people think that they are above the nation then it's important to force them because that's d only language they understand. It's @karanjohar's fundamental right to release #ADHM. Any1 who has an issue must go 2 court. Govt.'s responsibility 2 maintain law & order."
"Any political party resorting to unwanted violence & goondaism to prove their patriotism needs to be kept in check by EC. #ADHM @karanjohar," Ashoke Pandit added on October 20.
Mukesh Bhatt, the president of the Film and Television Producers Guild, also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on October to seek his support for the smooth release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. After the meeting, the filmmaker said that Singh has assured to extend his support for the film's peaceful screening.
"Rajnath ji said he will speak to Chief Ministers of every state and that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will release without any violence or issue. Rajnath Singh ji assured us 100 percent support and that he will convey to CM to maintain law and order," Mukesh Bhatt told ANI after meeting the Union Home Minister.
Meanwhile, Babul Supriyo, the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, has slammed Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) by terming it as the party of goons.
"MNS should not have the right or audacity to create ruckus at theaters, they have always been a party of goons. From now on Indian filmmakers will not be working with Pak artists, but these films were made when situations were normal," Babul Supriyo said.
"MNS workers are just trying to create fear in the minds of people, they don't have any right to play with law and order," he added.
Director Madhur Bhandarkar has expressed his happiness over Singh's support in the smooth release of The Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma starrer. "It should be allowed to release smoothly, there should be no protest. Very happy that Rajnath Singh assured producers," the filmmaker said.