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Fox Star Studios, distributers of Karan Johar’s upcoming Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, are standing by the film and its director.

Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios, said in a statement: “Karan Johar is a proud, emotional and patriotic Indian like all of us and his nationalism cannot be questioned. Fox Star Studios, India, wholeheartedly stands by him at this time.”

He said his team is ready for the Diwali release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil on October 28 in India. The film releases in the UAE on October 27.

The Fox Star Studio CEO met a Mumbai Police representative on Tuesday to urge for protection for theatres which will screen the movie.

“We have been assured that the police will provide protection to all theatres, including single screens and multiplexes, should there be any requirement,” he added.

Singh’s statement comes after Johar broke his silence on the vandalism threats issued by right-wing Hindu outfits opposing the release of the film, which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

Singh said: “We unequivocally condemn the terror attacks on India and support the government of India in all its effort to bring safety and peace for Indians.”

“The film has been made by an Indian director — film’s actors Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are all Indians; the crew who have worked tirelessly on this film to see their labour of love in theatres with their families are all Indians,” Singh said.

Fox Star Studios, which has a nine-film deal with Johar’s Dharma Productions, has also produced Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.