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No Pak Actors, Say Cinema Owners, A Hit For Karan Johar Film In 4 States

No Pak Actors, Say Cinema Owners, A Hit For Karan Johar Film In 4 States

MUMBAI:  Days before Karan Johar's widely anticipated film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' is to release, a theatre owners' body has decided not to screen films with Pakistan actors.

"We have decided that we will not screen these films(with Pak actors)," Nitin Datar of the Cinema Owners Association said after a meeting this afternoon.

Mr Johar's mega film features Pakistan's Fawad Khan, who has a sizeable fan following in India.

The decision comes amid tension between India and Pakistan over the Uri terror attack last month.

Last month, a producers' body in Mumbai passed a resolution banning Pakistanis from working in Indian films. In retaliation, Pakistani theatre owners decided to stop screening Indian films.

Parties like Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have threatened to block Mr Johar's film if he does not drop Fawad Khan.

Last week, Mr Khan broke his silence on the controversy and said in a Facebook post: "As a father of two little children, I pray and wish like many others that together we can build and live in a more peaceful world. I believe we owe it to our children who will shape our tomorrow."

Recently, popular Pakistani musicians like Shafqat Amanat Ali and Salman Ahmad had condemned the Uri attack and expressed hope that things would return to normal between the neighbours.