Before 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', these movies also faced a similar threat from Raj Thackeray's MNS

Freedom of cinema was compromised in the past as well

Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is already surrounded by controversies due to the presence of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. In the wake of the Uri attacks in which 18 Indian army soldiers were martyred, the Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirmaan Sena (MNS) issued a threat to all the Pakistani artistes to leave India within 48 hours. They further issued another severe threat by stating that if the Pakistani artistes did not obey, they will be pushed back. The MNS and its wing further threatened to stall the release of Karan Johar’s upcoming film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fawad Khan. While not only ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ faced the brunt, Shahrukh Khan has big reasons to worry.

His upcoming films ‘Raees’ and Gauri Shinde’s ‘Dear Zindagi’ stars Pakistani actors. So if Raees has Mahira Khan, the latter has Ali Zafar. The Bollywood has been divided on the issue, While some are in favour of the ban, others feel that the actors are unnecessarily bearing the brunt of the escalating tensions between the two countries. It is also to be noted that the most of the Pakistani actors have already taken their fees, so the remaining Indian fraternity is at the receiving end. Another thing to be noted is that this is not happening for the first time, in the past also there have been several instances where the films were stalled or faced issues when their release date inched closer. There have been instances where the shoot of the movies has been disrupted. The incidents have grown over the years. From SRK’s ‘My Name is Khan’ to Ranveer Singh’s ‘Kill Dill‘, there have been several movies who have witnessed outrage. We bring to you some of the movies, which faced similar issues.

Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Last Lear‘ and Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘Drona

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MNS banned Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Last Lear’ and Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘Drona’ when at an event, Jaya Bachchan spoke in Hindi.

Wake Up Sid

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MNS stopped the screening of Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Wake Up Sid’ as Mumbai was called Bombay.

My Name is Khan

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MNS staged several protests when SRK favoured Pakistani artists in Indian Premier League, Season 3.

Chennai Express

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MNS threatened to stall the release of the movie as ‘Chennai Express‘ was being favoured on single screens which in turn was disrupting the economy of Marathi cinema.

Kill Dill

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MNS did not want the Bollywood actors to work with Pakistani actors.


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SRK’s ‘Dilwale’ was targetted because the actor forgot the plight of drought-hit farmers. With ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, ‘Raees’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’ being the latest movies to enter the hit list, one thing is for sure, Bollywood film fraternity and Bollywood cinema is to suffer the most.