Four MNS film wing workers were later detained by police after they protested 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 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) today said reality has dawned late on Johar.
MNS cine wing head Amey Khopkar, after a meeting with senior party leaders and, 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 protested outside Metro cinema he said, adding that such protests will be held at all cinema halls.