The Film & Television Producers Guild of India will urge Central and State Governments to ensure smooth release of Karan Johar's AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL.KARAN JOHAR
After Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) President Nitin Datar making the announce yesterday of not releasing films starring Pak actors, The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd, which represents most of the active Hindi film producers pledged its absolute support to the sacrosanct national interests, but also urged the Central and State Governments to not only ensure smooth release of AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL as well as to guide the industry on the way forward with respect to the mechanism to be adopted in hiring or utilization of talent associated with our neighbors.
Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India stated that “The Guild in no uncertain terms confirms that the film industry stands in unison with the Government's recent steps to counter terrorism and will naturally abide by any decision taken by the central government with regard to government's future policy on issuance of work visa to foreign artistes; however, we would urge the government at the Centre as well as all the states to appreciate that the film producers who have already shot their films or are in the process of completing their unfinished films should not end up paying heavy price for no fault of theirs due to engaging the services of talent from across the border as these artistes were employed through proper legal channels prior to the recent escalation of hostilities”.
He further adds that “The Central Government has taken several steps in the past to foster cultural exchanges by inviting industry representatives to participate in the Government's efforts to improve our relationship with Pakistan”.
Whilst reassuring the commitment Guild said the Film industry is abide by the decisions of the Government and (“Guild”) expresses its unflinching support to the Central Government and its solidarity with the Armed Forces on their supreme sacrifice at URI and courage and valor displayed during the recent counter terrorism operations.