Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja, Shah Rukh Khan’s Dear Zindagi, Salman Khan’s Sultan – which was the BEST movie of 2016?


2016 year was an exciting year for me as a movie buff. On one hand I get to watch a commercial potboiler like Sultan, where Salman Khan has no qualms showing off his paunch, while on the other hand, I don’t mind bursting into tears for a hard-hitting drama like Neerja, that had Sonam Kapoor in the lead with no Khan to support her. It was a year where women took the lead from the men and gave us quality stuff that a male-dominated industry like Bollywood needs. If Sonam Kapoor made her detractors eat their words about her lack of acting ability with Neerja, Alia Bhatt delivered two critically acclaimed performances in Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, making us believe that Highway was no flash in the pan. Kareena Kapoor proved once again that marriage is no deterrent to good roles with a movie like Ki & Ka.

As for the actors, there was Akshay Kumar who gave us three different entertainers that all belonged to various genres, and yet made hits out of them. Shah Rukh Khan may have had a misfire with FAN, but it was a laudable effort and he also redeemed himself with Dear Zindagi. Salman Khan proved again why he is the golden ruler of the box office, while the younger stars like Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Ranbir Kapoor also got their opportunities to shine. Everyone one had their movies (except for Deepika and Kangana), not everyone shined and we had a lot of movies that sank without a trace, while some made it to our fave list. Now here’s a chance for you to show us which of these below 2016 movies are your favorites. Please note that these films were considered based on two factors – their box office appeal, as well as how they fared well with the critics.

Based on these two factors, here is our list of Bollywood movies from 2016 that stood out from the rest…

Dangal

Dangal

Dangal

Aamir Khan does it again! He ends 2016 with a bang by delivering of the best movie of the decade. Dangal is a well-enacted biopic, that has some brilliant performances from all the cast members. Aamir gives his best performance in years, but its the girls playing his daughters who steal the show at times. The wrestling sequences are well-choreographed, and the narrative is very strong at most of the time. It’s not easy to make a movie that supports sports development, women empowerment and duty towards nation without sounding preachy, but Dangal manages to pull that off with immaculate ease.

Neerja

Neerja

Neerja

If I had to be partial, Neerja would be the movie for me that wins at nearly every department – be it direction, the narrative, the technical aspects and the performances. It’s not easy to make a movie that finds itself confined to a claustrophobic cabin for most of its runtime, with a lead actress who is not often praised for her acting prowess, and still make it brilliant. Neerja is not only the best biopic of the year, or perhaps the decade as well, it also gave Sonam Kapoor her best performance till date. If you leave the screening dry-eyed, you know there is something wrong with you.

Airlift

Airlift

Airlift

Based on a real-life incident set during the Gulf War, Airlift is that kind of Bollywood movie that sets us on the same scale as international-standard survival dramas. It may not be bereft of Bollywood clichés (that climax fight could have been avoided), yet this thriller has enough moments to make us bite our nails at the plight of our fellow countrymen trapped in a foreign land, torn by war. Akshay Kumar is on a roll here, and he has a fine supporting cast to lend gravitas to the movie.

Kapoor & Sons

Kapoor & Sons

Kapoor & Sons

Did you ever expect a Bollywood mainstream movie to accept homosexuality as a part of its plot? Without making it in your face, Kapoor & Sons did just that while making a movie about a dysfunctional family, that has problems like any of ours. Replete with brilliant performances from the entire cast, especially Fawad Khan, and a taut direction by Shakun Bates, Kapoor & Sons could be 2016’s best family drama of the year.

Pink

Pink

Pink

A movie that gave the word NO a lot of respect, Pink was a near-brilliant court room drama, heralded by strong performances. Taking on the still topical subject on female harassment, Pink doesn’t hesitate into being an uncomfortable viewing at times, thanks to stark depiction of molestation. Sure the conveniently happy ending has its share of detractors, but overall it’s a very strong movie with a fantastic message.

Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi

I always say FAN was Shah Rukh Khan’s best performance in years, but the movie left me disappointed. That was somehow redeemed in his next, Dear Zindagi, a clean flick about how to face your problems head on with some philosophical (and sometimes preachy) gems. Shah Rukh Khan was fine in his extended cameo of a therapist, but it was Alia Bhatt who walked away with all the acting accolades. Sure the movie was a half an hour too long and self-indulgent, but many people could relate to its various themes and situations it presented, making it a decent hit.

Udta Punjab

Udta Punjab

Udta Punjab

Udta Punjab got me in its support the moment I saw that dark and hard-hitting trailer. While the movie found itself in unnecessary controversies surrounding its release, Abhishek Chaubey’s handling of drug abuse in Punjab told through the lives of four individuals is an exemplary tale in itself. Balancing on the fine line between hard-hitting drama and black comedy, the movie had some splendid performances from Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh. Udta Punjab is not without its flaws, but it is nearly a masterpiece that 2016 can claim of its own.

Sultan

Sultan

Sultan

Salman never promises you good cinema, he promises good entertainers. While I am not a huge fan of Sultan, it does have its bright moments, some good songs and well-directed wrestling sequences. Above all, this could also be Salman Khan’s best performance in recent times; that self-introspective mirror scene did it for me. And those 300 crore business that the movie managed is enough to give Sultan a place in the list. After all, nearly an entire country cannot go wrong in liking a movie. Oh, wait! A country voted for Trump, didn’t it?

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

People were disappointed that they never got to see the career controversies of Dhoni in his supposed biopic. The movie also had the feel that it was a vanity project for Captain Cool. But Neeraj Pandey’s fine handling of the project made it an inspiring drama about a small-town boy from Ranchi who became the MVP of Indian cricket, through his sheer hard work and determination. It also helped matters that Sushant Singh Rajput was brilliant in his role.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Is ADHM’s Karan Johar’s skewered take on love and friendship? Or is it his most mature work till date? Never has a Bollywood movie got so much divisive reactions than this Diwali release. While not a fan myself, I do appreciate that there was sense of maturity in how Karan Johar handled Anushka – Ranbir’s track, though that weak climax nearly did it in. ADHM also boasts of a killer soundtrack, great technical values and Aishwarya Rai looking her hottest. In short, it was this year’s best looking movie.

So which of these is your fave movie? Let us know…

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Sonu Nigam Is Seemingly Upset About The Mohammed Rafi Dialogue From Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam

Yesterday, we told you that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil found itself amidst controversy yet again when Mohammed Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi slammed a dialogue in the film. During a dialogue exchange between Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma‘s characters in the film, Anushka says,“Mohammed Rafi? Woh gaate kam, rote zyaada the na?” (“Mohammed Rafi? He used to cry more and sing less, right?”). Now we hear that Sonu Nigam is equally upset with the dialogue and allegedly backed Shahid’s stance.

This is what he reportedly said:

If you can listen to the same joke about your parents then we are wrong. If your blood boils then hum sahi hain beta (then we’re right). When something bad will be said about your father then obviously you’d get hurt.”

The Karan Johar-Sonu combination is to die for – they’ve dished out popular hits in the past and we really hope this doesn’t change anything. We also hear that Bappi Lahiri was of the opinion that the dialogue was disrespectful towards veteran singers. Tell us what you think!

Source : http://www.missmalini.com/2016/11/02/sonu-nigam-is-seemingly-upset-about-the-mohammed-rafi-dialogue-from-ae-dil-hai-mushkil/

“It’s An Insult To My Father” – Mohammed Rafi’s Son Slams A Dialogue In Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae dil hai mushkil

Ae dil hai mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil faced quite a trying period ahead of its release and continued to find itself in the middle of controversy after it hit the screens. If you have watched the film, you may vaguely remember (read on, we’re not giving away any spoilers!) Ranbir Kapoor‘s character bragging about his singing skills to Anushka Sharma‘s. He went on to say that his friends call him Mohammed Rafi, to which Anushka responded with a “Mohammed Rafi gaate kam rote zyaada the na?” (“Mohammed Rafi sang less and cried more, right?”). All in good spirit of course! Going by an interview in Indian Express, Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi is seemingly upset with Karan Johar for including the dialogue in the film.

Here’s what he said to Indian Express:

This dialogue is an insult. It is stupid. The man who wrote this dialogue is stupid. After watching this, I doubt Karan Johar has got any sense about what he is doing. It’s an insult to my father. I am ashamed and didn’t expect this from Karan Johar. When his father Yash Johar ji made Dostana in 1980, my father sang songs in his film. I don’t know why he included the line in the film. Shayad shahurat sar par zyada chad gaya hai. Jab shahurat zyada chadh jaata hai, log mooh pe tareef karte hai aur peeth peeche thooh thooh karte hai. (All the fame has probably gone to his head and when that happens, people may praise you personally but offend you behind your backs.) I have received so many messages from fans asking me to take action. I will talk to Pahlajji. I know him very well. I will see what he suggests and accordingly take an action. This line could have been censored.”

Source : http://www.missmalini.com/2016/11/01/its-an-insult-to-my-father-mohammed-rafis-son-slams-a-dialogue-in-ae-dil-hai-mushkil/

Box office update: Ranbir Kapoor’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil BEATS Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay in the overseas market by a HUGE margin

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Vs Shivaay

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Vs Shivaay

Ajay Devgn is definitely not gonna like the kind of response his film Shivaay has earned in the overseas market, as opposed to it’s competition, Karan Johar‘s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Both the films have released on 28th October, which is also coinciding with the Diwali weekend. Therefore the possibilities of the films to earn big bucks at the box office is tremendously high. The box office earnings of Shivaay and ADHM are out and have earned Rs. 10.24 crs and rs. 13.30 crs respectively. Well, if the Ranbir Kapoor–Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer has earned so much in the domestic market, wait till you hear how much it has harboured in the overseas market. Bollywood Hungama has shared all the earnings of both, Ae Dil and Shivaay and we are literally left stumped. We’ve calculated the difference and it’s a whopping Rs. 2.11 crs! Yes. That’s the margin by which ADHM has won the overseas market.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil –
Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan surely have got the international audience captivated by their release, ADHM! Reports of box office collection from Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand have come in and KJo’s love saga has dominated them all. The United Kingdom collections are Rs. 1.03 crs from 82 screens! Their New Zealand collections are Rs. 22 Lakhs from 21 screens. In Australia, the film opened with a collection of Rs. 79,00,000 from 33 screens. Canada collection stands at Rs. 36,00,000 from 9 screens. Overall overseas collection of the film totals to Rs. 2.40 crs! Wow. I’m outta words.

Shivaay –
Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar, Sayyesha Segal, Abigail Eames’ starrer might not have attracted a large audience internationally. The film opened at a lesser number of screens internationally which affected their box office collections from the countries as well. Despite Hollywood level action sequences, the film managed to only rake in a total collection of Rs. 28.36 Lakhs. We’ll give you the division. From UK, the collection earned stands at Rs. 4.46 Lakhs from 32 screens. The New Zealand collection adds up to Rs. 3.96 Lakhs from 11 screens. Even the Australian opening isn’t that striking as they only raked in Rs. 13 Lakhs from 24 screens. The total isn’t very impressive but if you see the number of screens both the films have gained, it is without a doubt that ADHM will stand out considering the high number of screens it received.

In the domestic market the competition continues as we wait to see what Saturday’s collection would be. We’ll find the out tomorrow. Stay tuned to this space as we bring updates on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay’s box office updates.

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil movie review: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan steals the thunder from Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma

Ae dil hai mushkil

Ae dil hai mushkil

Karan Johar’s Diwali offering Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has finally hit theatres along with Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay. Is the movie worth your time this Diwali? Read our review to find out!

What’s it about:

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a film about love and it’s many shades. There is a track of unrequited love, one that’s a purely platonic, another that deals with the physical attraction, but more or less the film is about companionship and realising that one side love can also be fulfilling. Ranbir Kapoor plays Ayan an aspiring singer whose chance meeting with Alizeh played by Anushka Sharma results in the two experiencing and realising emotions their never felt before. Ayan and Alizeh start off as friends, both coming off breakups, one a serious relationship while the other a casual affair. Despite the length of it both Alizeh and Ayan experience heart break and process it differently. The storyline gets a dramatic twist when Ayan’s love for Alizeh isn’t reciprocated as per his expectation. Fawad Khan plays her ex boyfriend Ali who begs her to give their relationship another chance resulting in marriage. A heart broken Ayan finds love or rather lust the second time around in the arms of a poet Sabah played by the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Things get seriously complicated in the second half when Alizeh is diagnosed with cancer. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is complex and long. It is also indulgent yet relatable to situations we all have been through.

What’s hot:

Karan Johar’s forte is using popular culture to narrate a story with an universal appeal. His take on love and relationships is deep and flakey at the same time. The first half is light and the banter between Ranbir and Anushka extremely engaging. Props to the writers for using words and language that is not only current but also entertaining. References to other films, namely the ones from the 80s and KAran’s own are a major highlight. Like every other Karan Johar film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is glossy and extremely good looking. Performances are a major highlight with Ranbir being the stand out act. He owns Ayan like he’s felt every emotion being played out. It’s not just the heavy duty long monologues where he shines but even the small subtle reaction scenes to his co-actors make his performance that much more endearing. Fawad Khan manages to make a striking presence felt with his good looks and charm, only if he had a longer role. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks like she’s sashayed out of a beauty pageant and her moments with Ranbir have intense sensuality and passion. Lisa Haydon’s cameo is funny and the ‘vaatavaran’ line will soon become a catch phrase.

What’s not: 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s biggest flaw is the lack of chemistry between its lead pair. For a film whose protagonist experiences love and loss multiple times with different people the execution of the narrative gets lost in translation. Ayan and Alizeh start off as friends only to get caught in a web of mutually unresolved feelings. When we revisit them in the second half their track is still stuck on an endless loop. Dialogues are too heavy and sound off when used in every day conversation. Sabah being a poet can speak in that dialect but when Alizeh and Ayan start their banter it just gets repetitive. Shah Rukh’s much hyped cameo fizzles out before you take that collective sigh. The plot goes downhill once Alizeh’s terminal illness track sets in. The scenes gets heavy and that cloud of ‘been there seen that’ looms till the very end.

What to do:

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has some really nice moments, but they are few and suffer the curse of a weak second half. Nevertheless watch it for Ranbir and Karan’s interpretation of love, loss and longing.

Rating:2.5 out of 5

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7 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil controversies that SHOCKED the internet

Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil might be one of the most awaited films of this year but its journey definitely hasn’t been that easy. Whether it was the sudden ban on Pakistani artists following the Uri attacks or the MNS protests against retaining Fawad Khan’s scenes in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Karan Johar was literally made to apologise and beg for his film’s release. I mean, the way how protests were heating up with every passing day, we almost thought Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will either get postponed or will never see the light of the day. But fortunately things settled right before the release and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil as per scheduled, is all set to release tomorrow. Here’s looking back at 7 other controversies surrounding Ae Dil Hai Mushkil- a film which also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in prominent roles. Read on…

The Bachchans vs Aishwarya

Before the Indo-Pak clash, it was the fuss surrounding Aishwarya’s hot love making scenes with Ranbir Kapoor in the film that had shocked the internet. The trailer and the songs came as a perfect tease proving there’s going to be some helluva passionate love between Ranbir and Aishwarya in the film. But this in return got the industry talking as to how did Bachchans allow Aishwarya to go so bold onscreen? Yes! While some reports suggested that Abhishek and Amitabh Bachchan are pretty upset with Ash for going way beyond her inhibitions. Many even speculated if Ash has fallen out with the Bachchans. But soon came a clarification that neither Bachchans nor Aishwarya had any clashes over the bold scenes in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. In fact, Abhishek and Amitabh support her role for she’s only representing a character with so much conviction. Ahem, so be it then!

The KRK effect

Now we all knew for a fact that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is clashing with Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay at the box office and the competition was bound to get aggressive. But little did anyone expect Kamaal R Khan would step in to create unimaginable trouble between Karan and Ajay over ugly politics. It all started after Ajay leaked an audio tape of Kamaal R Khan spilling the beans to one of his associates that Karan bribed him Rs 25 lakh to sabotage Shivaay. While usually such cheap tricks don’t get any much importance. Ajay instead took it way too seriously and actually doubted Karan for dropping his standards so low. In fact, Karan’s lucky charm Kajol too decided to go with Ajay over the same lines and gave up on Karan, once and for all. Sadly, the result of which is now here for you to see today – Kajol for the first time is NOT playing a cameo in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay for all that you know is going on records taking constant digs at Karan. What destiny holds for this broken relationship? Only time will tell…

Pakistan artistes ban

Now the Uri attacks was unfortunate and India’s decision to cut ties with Pakistan is totally justified. But blame it on its fate, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil became the instant target to face the ire of this ban for it’s the first film to release with a Pakistani actor- Fawad Khan. While Karan Johar helplessly pleaded to be spared for once. This ban also got the industry divided with an outburst like never before. Why ban artists? Artists are not terrorists? Argued Salman Khan and many others who believed ban on Pakistani artistes is not the solution. But the Indian government and IMPAA made sure they keep India as their only priority and passed the judgement that films which have been already shot with Pakistani actors can release but henceforth, there’ll be no collaboration with Pakistan in future. Phew! But the moment we thought Ae Dil has been spared, here came the villains of this scenario – The MNS!

Fawad Go Back!

Despite the government and IMPAA coming into mutual agreement that the films which have been already shot with Pakistani actors can release, MNS cheif Raj Thackeray saw no reason why Ae Dil Hai Mushkil should be spared. His fight against Karan Johar continued where he threatened that there’ll be protests against Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, if at all it hits the screens. In fact, MNS is the one who also gave a 48hours ultimatum to Fawad Khan and all the other Pakistani actors to leave India or they will have to face major consequences. Karan’s worry eventually went from bad to worse..

Exhibitors Boycott over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Fearing the MNS protests, the cinema exhibitors association then decided that they too won’t run the film in single screens at cities including Mumbai, Pune. The decision came in reaction to the protests. What if MNS party burns down the theatre? What if they cause damage to our cinema halls? Argued one of the exhibitor stating they stand by the MNS decision and won’t screen Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The ‘Final’ Rs 5 crore settlement

Finally, Karan Johar was left with no choice but to abide by the MNS demands. Not that he agreed to replace Fawad Khan in the film but in a crucial meeting with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Producers guild head Mukesh Bhatt, Karan pledged that he will never collaborate with any Pakistani artists in future. He even agreed to donate Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army Welfare Foundation, as demanded by Fadnavis. In fact, if that’s not all Karan has also agreed to run a few minutes visual paying his obituary to the late martyrs of our country who lost their lives in the Uri attacks. Following which, Raj Thackeray then agreed to withdraw his protests against Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and has allowed a stress free release, only on these above conditions. Phew!

Censor Certificate Leaked!

As if the political issues were any less, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s Censor Board certificate too got leaked on the internet a few days back. Although it has received an U/A certificate but unlike reports that suggested the film was passed with barely any cuts, the certificate showed a total of as many as 5 cuts with a major 50 percent cut on Anushka’s smooching scenes.

All said and done, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has successfully overcome all these above hurdles and is FINALLY releasing tomorrow. One last time, let’s hear it for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!!! How excited are you???

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Rs 2200! That’s the most expensive ticket available for Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is one of the most anticipated films of 2016. In fact, the buzz around the movie before its release is sky high. However, one look at the ticket prices might just leave you surprised. While Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has managed to get a lot of screens, it has also managed to give you a wide range of ticket pricing. Yes, you can watch Ranbir’s film for as low as Rs 70 and as costly as Rs 2200! Shocked? Yes, Rs 2200 is the most expensive ticket that is available for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. But which multiplex is offering such an exorbitant ticket? It is more than the premiere most multiplex in India – PVR Director’s Cut in Delhi. The outlet has the costliest tickets throughout the year and when we checked the prices for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil just now, we were completely SHOCKED! Rs 2200 for a VIP (Platinum Superior) seat is too much. Right?

But that’s not it. There are other cinemas who are charging a bomb for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil too. PVR (Ambience) in Gurgaon is also charging Rs 1600 for Gold class tickets. In Mumbai, the costliest ticket is Rs 800, which PVR: Market City – Kurla (Gold).

But will the exorbitant ticket prices hamper Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? Our trade expert and Editor of Super Cinema, Amul Mohan had revealed to us earlier, “No, that’s never going to happen. Now-a-days, it is a norm for the multiplexes to hike the prices (during the release of such a big film). They want to cash in on these big films, so that’s why you see these crazy big numbers. It is not something that would affect a movie. If a person is waiting to see a movie since a very long time, they would probably want to spend Rs 1000 on a ticket for a big film, rather than a smaller film. Smaller films don’t have a big price tag. It is become a norm now. However, I personally feel that ticket pricing should be standardized. A Sairat made Rs 100 crores with tickets worth just Rs 100. Had they hiked their prices, sky would be the limit for them.”

However, exhibitor and distributor – Akshaye Rathi had a slightly different take to this. He mentioned to us, “It (This exorbitant pricing) is not for milking the audience but for maximizing the profit before piracy kicks in. Rs 900 per ticket plus popcorn, coke and conveyance is too much to spend for a few people. But having said that, people who want to see the film, will watch it.”

What do you guys have to say about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil having the costliest ticket ever? Tell us about your thoughts in the comments section below!

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ADHM row: Indian Army rejects Raj Thackeray’s politics, says Rs 5 cr donation unacceptable


The Indian Army has expressed its uneasiness over MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s demand that Bollywood producers who have worked with Pakistani actors should donate Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army’s relief fund.

The Indian army has finally spoken on the ongoing fracas surrounding Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and the accountability India’s film fraternity should have towards the country’s army.

This comes in wake of the demand Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has made wherein he has asked every Bollywood producer to have worked with Pakistani artists till now to donate Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army’s relief fund.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, several serving and retired personnel from the Indian army told the newspaper that the army is an “apolitical and secular” organisation. They added that attempts to exploit film producers in the name of the Indian Army is just to gain political benefits.

Former Indian Army commander Lieutenant General BS Jaswal was quoted as saying, “The army doesn’t go around begging for funds. If a film producer wants to donate, he can do it like any other Indian citizen. But it’s unacceptable in such a manner.”

Earlier today, Mukesh Bhatt, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India Ltd, said that their producers’ body would henceforth not employ Pakistani artists ever again in the future. This came after a closed room discussion with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, MNS supremo Raj Thackeray and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s producer-director Karan Johar.

Thackeray later said that Bollywood producers have to “give in writing” that they will never cast Pakistani actors in their films.

The MNS’ conditions which were accepted by Karan Johar, the Producers Guild and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, drew a lot of flak on social media, with many comparing Raj Thackeray’s demands to extortion.

In fact, a retired Air Vice Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Manmohan Bahadur, took to Twitter to express his discontent over MNS’ bullying ways. He openly condemned Raj Thackeray’s “extortion”.

 

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Manmohan Bahadur did not stop there. He went on.

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“Anyone can contribute to the fund but it has to be voluntary. You can’t force people to make donations and the army wouldn’t like to accept such money,” a senior army officer was quoted as saying.

Kargil war veteran Brigadier Khushal Thakur (retd) also disapproved of MNS’ ways. Thakur said that national sentiments are being exploited by Thackeray’s party.

“If something is wrong, it is wrong. How can a forced donation of Rs 5 crore make it right? But the bottom line is the army’s name should not be misused for political gain,” Thakur said.

Another army officer was quoted as saying, “If the producers have been arm-twisted into paying the money, there’s no way the army will accept it.”

The Indian Army recently opened an Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties bank account in order to collect contributions and donate them to families of battle casualties. A release issued by the Defence Ministry said, “The contribution to the fund is purely voluntary in nature.”

 Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/raj-thackeray-indian-army-ae-dil-hai-mushkil-karan-johar-fawad-khan/1/793166.html

 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: Karan Johar to meet Rajnath Singh amid threats from MNS

Karan Johar meets Rajnath Singh

Karan Johar to meet Rajnath Singh

Amid threats from Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to not allow the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in cinema halls, filmmaker Karan Johar will on Thursday meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with other movie producers, ANI reported.

The Raj Thackeray-led party has asked theatre management not to hold any show of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a cameo. On Wednesday, police arrested a dozen workers of MNS for protesting against the upcoming release of ADHM as the party rejected his statement that he will not “engage with talent” from Pakistan in future. MNS cine wing head Amey Khopkar, after a meeting with senior party leaders and Raj Thackeray, said they were firmly opposing the release.

The MNS and some other political parties have opposed release of films with actors from Pakistan after the Uri terror attack, putting a question mark on the fate of Johar’s movie, slated for release on October 28. The Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India, too, decided not to screen films with Pakistani actors in four states— Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.

A team from Johar’s Dharma Productions, along with filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios, had on Tuesday met Mumbai’s top police officials and sought protection for the theatres to screen the film. We’re very well aware of how deep the perils for Ae Dil go, simply for the fact that the film stars a Pakistani actor. However, trouble doesn’t seem to bid farewell to this film. A lot of threats and harrassing demands have left KJo with no option but to seek help from higher officials.

The sad part about all this hullabaloo around Ae Dil and it’s Pakistani connect is that despite Karan Johar stated that he wouldn’t engage in any projects with the neighbouring country’s talents, partisans continue to create havoc for the film and the filmmaker. In a video released by Johar, he said, “I respect the Indian army. I salute them for everything they do to protect us in our environment. I respect them with all my heart. I condemn any form of terrorism especially the terrorism that will affect my people in my country and me. We respect our country over and above anything else.” Looks like that ain’t gonna change minds of patriots who are very zealous to jeopardize the release of the film.

Slated to release on 28th October, i.e. next Friday, the film is already on the radar for its clash with  Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay. But with this constant political backlash that its facing, we wonder if it’ll affect Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s collections at the box office. What are your thoughts? Will Karan’s meeting with Rajnath Singh be fruitful?

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/ae-dil-hai-mushkil-row-karan-johar-to-meet-rajnath-singh-amid-threats-from-mns/

 

Karan Johar finally breaks his silence on ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ controversy!

Karan Johar

Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday broke his silence over the controversy around his film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and released a video statement in which he said that “he will not engage with talent from Pakistan.”

After various attacks and call for boycotts by various political parties+ on Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, the film’s release seems to have been jeopardized.

Things went downhill for the director when Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association boycotted the film+ fearing protests and damage to their properties. Amidst all this Karan Johar also met the Joint Commissioner of Police in Mumbai.

His two-minute video statement explains his stance on the issue.The clip shows how much the negativity is actually affecting him.The director explained why he didn’t issue any statements earlier and said that he is deeply hurt because of a few people who think that he is being anti-national. “For me, my country comes first and nothing else matters to me but that. I have always felt that the best way to express my patriotism is through love and that is what I have tried to do with my films”.

This is what his statement read:

“There has been some talk about why I remained silent for the past two weeks. Today I would like to clarify that the reason why I remained silent is because of the deep sense of hurt and the deep sense of pain that I felt because a few people actually felt that I am anti-national. I need to say this and say this with strength that my country comes first. I have always felt that the best way to express your patriotism is to spread love and that’s all I have ever tried to do through my work and cinema.When I shot my film, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ in September to December last year, the climate was completely different, the circumstances were completely different. There were efforts made by our government for peaceful relation with the neighbouring country and I respected those efforts then. I respect and understand the sentiments today as well. I understand the sentiments because I feel the same. Going forward, I would like to say that of course I would not engage with talent from our neighboring countries given the circumstance. But with that same energy I would want you to know that over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears in my film and I don’t think it is fair to them to face any sort of turbulence. I respect the Indian army, I salute the Indian army for everything they do to protect us. I respect them with all my heart and I say I condemn any form of terrorism and especially the terrorism that possess threat to the people in my country and me. I just hope all of you understand the situation we are in and respect the fact that we love and respect our country over and above anything else.”

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/latest-hindi-movie-news-bollywood-movies-news-updates/bollywood/news/Karan-Johar-finally-breaks-his-silence-on-Ae-Dil-Hai-Mushkil-controversy/articleshow/54919470.cms