‘On the 2nd night I got a call from Shah Rukh Khan…’
On January 22, 2023, at 10.14 am, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan called me and we spoke at 2 am today.” He expressed concern about an incident that took place in Guwahati during the screening of his film. I have assured them that it is the duty of the state government to maintain law and order. We’ll inquire. And will ensure that no such untoward incident happens.
Earlier said, ‘Who is Shahrukh Khan…?’
On Saturday, when Himanta Sarma was asked about Bajrang Dal activists burning posters of Pathan in cinema halls in Guwahati, Himanta Sarma said, “Who is Shah Rukh Khan?” I don’t know anything about him or his film Pathan.” Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that the people of the state should worry about Assamese and not Hindi films.
‘I have not been called by Khan…’
Himanta Sarma also said, “Khan has not called me, although many people from Bollywood do so regarding the issue.” But if he does, I will look into the matter. If law and order has been violated and a case has been registered, action will be taken.”
Know for which incident did Shahrukh call CM Sarma
In fact, two days ago, Bajrang Dal activists on Friday raided a theater in Guwahati Narengi, where the film Pathan was to be screened. Volunteers of the right-wing group Bajrang Dal tore the posters of the film and burnt them. Slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” were also raised during the vandalism. Bajrang Dal has cited “respect for religion” as the reason behind their violent protest. Shah Rukh Khan spoke to CM Himanta Sarma regarding this incident.
Know about the Pathan film controversy?
Pathan is one of the most awaited movies of 2023 starring Deepika Padukone Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham. Shah Rukh Khan and his film Pathan are facing flak for showing Deepika Padukone in a saffron bikini in the song ‘Besharam Rang’. Several leaders, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, have demanded a ban on the film.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra also objected to Deepika Padukone’s dress in the song and demanded correction. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) subsequently directed the makers of Pathan to implement changes, including songs, in the film as per the board’s guidelines.