KJo has opened up about his perspectives on casting Fawad Khan Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, in his movie a day after India’s Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar threatened on working with Pakistani celebrities.
“I feel my heart bleeds for the lost lives, there is nothing that justify this terrible feeling of terror,” he told journalist Barkha Dutt. “Telling Fawad to pack up and leave isn’t a solution. Today if my film is being targeted because of this it will make me exceptionally sad. Banning art or artists isn’t a solution.”
“We are sending letters to all producers and would request them to cooperate with us, which we hope they will in Maharashtra. If they don’t, we will stop the shoot wherever Pakistani actors are involved,” Thackeray said.
Karan added, “I feel the pain the anger as an Indian citizen. My intent was to always put out a creative product of love and nothing else.”
When asked how he wishes to combat the current situation, he said, “I am a vulnerable soft target. I have combated that with various films. We make movies, we are a creative industry, please leave us alone. We don’t matter in this scheme of things.”
“Culturally boycotting artists is not a solution,” he concluded.