Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, headed by Raj Thackeray, continued its protest against Karan Johar today and reiterated its resolve of not allowing the screening of his film "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" in single screen theatres and multiplexes.
The party rejected Karan Johar's statement that he will not "engage with talent" from Pakistan in future.
The Mumbai Police later detained four MNS film wing workers who were protesting outside the Metro cinema hall in South Mumbai, asking the management not to hold any show of movie "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
"The MNS activists were raising slogans outside the Metro theatre for some time. The police asked them to carry it out peacefully but they were not in a mood to listen to us. We have detained four MNS workers so far," a police officer from Azad Maidan police station said.
Seeking to assuage tempers over opposition to the release of his directorial venture, Johar had yesterday made a fervent appeal against stalling the release, saying he will not engage with talent from Pakistan.
However, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS today said reality has dawned late on Johar.
MNS cine wing head Amey Khopkar, after a meeting with senior party leaders and Raj Thackeray, told PTI that 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.
The MNS and some other political parties have opposed release of films with actors from Pakistan after the Uri terror attack, putting a question mark on the fate of Johar's movie, slated for a pre-Diwali release on October 28.