Filmmaker Karan Johar's "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", which is surrounded by controversies due to the presence of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, minted over Rs 13 crore on its opening day despite protests.

Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, the film released on Friday, ahead of the festive occasion of Diwali which will be celebrated on Sunday across the country.

Released in around 3000 screens in India, it collected Rs 13.30 crore on its opening day.

"We are overwhelmed and humbled with the response. We congratulate Karan Johar, a master of making iconic romantic movies, for his biggest opening with 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'.

The film is about celebrating love this Diwali and it is receiving outstanding love from audiences," Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, said in a statement.

Apoorva Mehta, CEO, Dharma Productions, said that they are thrilled and humbled with the love people are showering on "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil".

"It is a perfect Diwali entertainer and it has started on a very good note. The film has emerged as the biggest opener of Karan Johar which gives us twice the reason to celebrate."

"Karan Johar's 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' is bold and beautiful. It's a comfortable winner at the box office," trade expert Komal Nahta posted on Twitter on Saturday.

"Early estimates suggest Day One of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' is Rs 13.30 crore. Very good, considering Friday was a dull (for box office) pre-Diwali day," he added.