From Devgn's tweet of an audio clip about KRK taking a bribe of Rs 25 lakhs from Karan Johar for praising Ae Dil Hai Mushkil to taking a dig at each other on different instances, the relationship between the two seems to be going from bad to worse. With the same release date — October 28, 2016 — of both Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay, things don't seem to be getting any better any time soon.
According to reports, recently, during a press conference, when Devgn was asked about his opinion on the Uri attacks and the ban on Pakistani artists that followed, he said,
I don’t think they realise right now what the situation is, how deep and grave the situation is, so I think they would take time to understand because some think which hits you suddenly, I think you take time to understand and get out of it. Lot of people, not the whole industry is the way you are saying, there are some people and out of those some have changed their stance.
When he was further asked about how India would lose money because of Pakistan's ban on Indian films, he confidently added,
Sir, lekin paise se pehle desh aata hai na, desh doob gaya toh fir paise se kya karenge?” (Sir, but the country comes before money. Because, if the country sinks, what will we do with the money anyway?)
Devgn didn't shy away from stating his thoughts on how Salman Khan, Karan Johar and others are not in the favor of ban of Pak artists. He said,
I really don’t know what situations they (Salman Khan and Karan Johar) are in, this is my stand and I can talk about my stand and anyway, I don’t think our industry is united in any which way.
Having said this, in a recent interview with Indian Express, when Devgn was asked if things were okay with KJo, he said,
No. My issue with Karan is on a different level. It’s got nothing to do with the film. It’s got nothing to do with our professions.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. We are simply hoping that things will get better soon, both in this relationship and in the border front.