In a major relief to filmmaker Karan Johar, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) announced on Saturday it has called off its protest against his upcoming film, "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" and allowed its release.
The decision followed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' direct intervention in the matter -- a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Mumbai, and two days after he met representatives of Bollywood.
The MNS was agitating for the past fortnight against the film on grounds it has a Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan, and vowed not to permit its scheduled release on October 28.
Earlier, the MNS chief had raised a question over casting Pakistani actors in Indian films. "While Pakistan has banned Indian content, why do we give them a red carpet here," Raj Thackeray asked.
He also made the demand that, "Every producer who has cast a Pakistani actor must contribute Rs 5 crore to the Army welfare fund," MNS chief Raj Thackeray said after the meeting.
Fadnavis convened a meeting on Saturday which was attended by MNS President Raj Thackeray, Karan Johar and Producers' Guild of India President Mukesh Bhatt and others at the CM's official residence, Varsha, to resolve the imbroglio.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Filmmaker Karan Johar today over the release of upcoming flick 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' which has received threat from the former over featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
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