Filmmaker Karan Johar is a patriotic Indian whose nationalism cannot be questioned says Vijay Singh CEO of Fox Star Studios that is distributing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Singh said in a statement: quot;Karan Johar is a proud emotional and patriotic Indian like all of us and his nationalism cannot be questioned. Fox Star Studios India whole-heartedly stands by him at this time.quot;

He said his team is slated for the Diwali release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkilnbsp;on October 28.

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

quot;We have been assured that the police will provide protection to all theatres including single screens and multiplexes should there be any requirementquot; he added.

Singh’s statement comes after Karan 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: quot;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.quot;

quot;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 Indiansquot; Singh said.

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