A dozen workers of MNS were arrested for protesting against the upcoming release of Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Muskhil. The party has asked the theatre management not to hold any show of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
The workers from MNS film unit Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena were protesting and raising slogans outside Metro Cinema in South Mumbai. The MNS had given a written appeal to the theatre management urging them not to show the movie as it features a Pakistani actor.
"We arrested 12 MNS activists and booked them under relevant sections of Maharashtra Police Act and also CrPC," Senior Inspector of Azad Maidan Police Station Vijay Kadam told PTI.
They were produced before a local court which granted them cash bail of Rs 5,000 each in the case under the Police Act.
The MNS activists were also booked under the CrPC section 151 (3) in which they did not get any relief and were sent to judicial custody till November 4.
Karan Johar had spoken against stalling the release, saying he will not engage with talent from Pakistan in future. However, MNS said reality has dawned late on Johar. MNS cine wing head Amey Khopkar, after a meeting with senior party leaders and Raj Thackeray, said they were firm on opposing the release.
"We will not allow the film to be screened in single screens and multiplexes. Reality has dawned late on the producer," Khopkar said.
A team from Johar's Dharma Productions along with filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios had yesterday met Mumbai's top police officials and sought protection for the theatres to screen the film.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe had said, "Mumbai police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres."