The Bollywood director-producer, Karan Johar in a video message has said, the only reason he was quiet all these days because he was in a "deep sense of hurt and a deep sense of pain."

 

Johar said that he was hurt to know that a few people from the country actually believed that he is an anti-national.

 

"My country comes first and nothing else matters to me but my country."

 

In the video message he said: "When I shot my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in September to December last year the climate was completely different. The circumstances were completely different. There were efforts made by our government for peaceful relationship with our neighbouring country and I respected those endeavours and efforts then and I respect the sentiments today. I understand the sentiment because I feel the same."

 

Karan stressed, "I will not engage with talent from the neighbouring country given the circumstance."

 

An emotional Karan said, "I beseech you to know one thing. That over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears into my film ADHM and I don't think it is fair to them to face any kind of turbulence out of other fellow Indians."

 

"I respect the Indian army — I salute our army— for everything they do to protect us and our environment," he said.

 

Criticising the terror activities, Johar added, "I condemn any form of terrorism — any form— especially the terrorism that would affect my people, my country and me."

 

Karan concluded the video message saying, "I just hope all of you understand the circumstance and situation we are in and respect the fact that we love and respect our country over and above anything else."

 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will be released on October 28.