Telangana MLA goes the MNS way; threatens theatre owners not to screen Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Trouble for Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil does not seem to be coming to an end. After MNS in Maharashtra, a BJP MLA T Raja Singh in Telangana has declared that he will stall the release of the film in the state.
He has warned the managers of five cinema halls in Hyderabad to not screen the film starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a cameo.
In a letter written to theatre managers, Singh requests them to not screen the film in his constituency.
He says, "As Pakistan terrorist and there army has killed some Brave soldiers of Our Indian Army and we don't want any anti India acted movie to be shown in our theatre's (sic)."
Though the letter makes it sound like a gentle request, it is alleged that Singh also put out a video where he threatened theatre owners across Telangana of dire consequences if the film is released on their screens.
Some theatres have decided to obey the ultimatum and not screen the film. According to Deccan Chronicle, N Sadanand Goud of Tarakarama theatre in Hyderabad has decided against screening the Karan Johar film and instead only screen Ajay Devgn's Shivaay, also releasing on 28 October.
Singh said to The Times of India, "Except for the management of Inox, all others agreed not to screen the movie. If anyone screens the movie against public will, they will have to face the consequences."
This is not the first time that the Goshamahal constituency MLA has indulged in this brand of politics. Earlier this year he released a video on Facebook praising the Gau Rakshaks who beat up Dalits in Una. He justified the assault and said, "Those Dalits who were taking the cow, the cow meat, those who were beaten, it was a very good thing to happen."
However after Home Minister Rajnath Singh's assurance that the film will have a safe release across the country, one can hope that Raja Singh will not be able to indulge in any anti-social activities to disrupt the film's screening.