Karan Johar remains unperturbed by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) threats, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India's (COEAI) has demanded to stall the release of his Diwali release, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, in four states and have issued a statement saying so. Some exhibitors and theatre-owners believe that it's their right to protect their safety.
Akshay Rathi, exhibitor and distributor, who also owns few theatres said, "The eventual call of showing a film rests with each exhibitor. Whether to screen a film or not knowing the potential risks that come with it is each individual exhibitor's call. Nothing changes that. We will see, we will take a call three days before the release about which film will have how many shows. My cinema was damaged during the release of PK and at that time no exhibitors', distributors' or producers' association stood by me."
Rathi added, "It's Diwali time and the police will throw up their hands saying they don't have enough manpower to control law and order situation. These bans and embargoes have no value, it is only an exhibitor who knows fully well the risk that comes with it. I know that if I play the film, it will harm my property, so for safety, I may play another film (Ajay Devgn's Shivaay also releases on the same day - 28 October). It would be my decision, my call. So in this scenario there's a possibility that Shivaay will gain... it is a mass entertainer, unless the state government ensures us, the exhibitors safety and that we will be given enough police protection. The state government should take a stand for tax-paying citizens and ensure that our properties are protected."
on the other hand, the makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil have issued a statement saying the film has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and will release on 28 October as announced earlier. Apoorva Mehta, CEO, Dharma Productions said, "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has been cleared by the CBFC and we are gearing up for its release on the 28th of October. Diwali is all about love and Ae Dil is all about spreading love."