So Karan Johar has finally buckled under pressure! He has made a solemn pledge to refrain from roping in Pakistani actors for his future ventures, owing to threats of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers to disrupt the screening of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) and the decision of the single-theatre owners’ association to steer clear of his mega Diwali release. All this happened simply because Johar has Fawad Khan, the Pakistani poster boy, plays a cameo in his upcoming movie. Johan’s films have hardly been known for aesthetic, cinematic sense. In fact, his banner has churned out, at regular intervals, run-of-the-mill flicks packaged in glossy covers to paper over the flagrant lack of solid content. Many believe his brand of movies has enriched the wedding apparel industry in the country more than the Bollywood oeuvre. In the past 18 years, his cinema has come to be known for regressive storylines which provide no uplifting experience to movie-goers yearning for quality cinema.
But the ongoing protests have nothing to do with that. They are all about casting a Pakistani actor at a time when our bilateral ties with Pakistan are at a new low.