Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan talked to him over the cellphone early on Sunday and expressed concern over a protest against his new film ‘Pathaan’ within the metropolis. Sarma assured the actor that his authorities will enquire concerning the demonstration against the film and be certain that “no such untoward incidents” would happen once more.
The improvement comes a day after the CM had mentioned “who’s Shahrukh Khan? I do not know something about him or his film ‘Pathaan’,” whereas responding to queries by reporters concerning the violent protest by Bajrang Dal activists, who held an illustration in entrance of a theatre at Narengi within the metropolis on Friday, the place the film is slated to be screened.
The far right-wing group’s volunteers tore down the film’s posters and burnt them.
”Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we talked at present morning at 2 am. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati throughout screening of his film. I assured him that it is responsibility of state govt to take care of legislation & order. We’ll enquire and guarantee no such untoward incidents, Sarma mentioned on Twitter.
Opposition leaders tore into the CM’s assertion made on Sunday as volte face after his nonchalance a day earlier than, with the Congress describing it as a “publicity stunt” and AJP questioning why Sarma took Shah Rukh’s name at 2 am within the evening since he would not even know the actor.
Notably, the CM had on Saturday mentioned motion can be taken if legislation and order is violated, although Khan had not called him over the matter.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and the film Pathaan’ are dealing with a backlash from far-right ‘Hindutva’ teams for exhibiting Deepika Padukone in a saffron bikini in a tune ‘Besharam Rang’.
Many leaders, together with these within the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, have demanded a ban on the film. Pathaan’, which has been directed by Siddharth Anand, will probably be launched on January 25.
Opposition events took a jibe on the chief minister for his “who’s Shah Rukh Khan” comment, sustaining that it was a “publicity stunt”.
Reacting to the CM’s touch upon the actor, Congress’ senior spokesperson Bobbeeta Sharma mentioned, “Our chief minister is within the behavior of uttering such issues. Just the opposite day he mentioned he did not know our senior chief Jairam Ramesh whereas Sarma was a Congressman for many years.”
“It could possibly be a type of publicity stunt to attract consideration,” mentioned Sharma, a former chairperson of Assam State Film Finance and Development Corporation and actor.
Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) basic secretary and cultural activist Jagadish Bhuyan took a swipe on the CM on the microblogging website and wrote: Who is Shah Rukh Khan??? Why was the chief minister ready until 2 am to select up name from a Shah Rukh Khan he would not even know?”
Sharma additionally wrote on social media that the Bollywood actor had additionally called the proprietor of Gold Cinema franchise in Guwahati. Bajrang Dal activists held the demonstration in entrance of certainly one of its theatres.
That’s very nice of @iamsrk. Came to know that he called the proprietor of Gold Cinema, Rajib Bora too across the similar time at evening. That’s what makes #ShahRukhKhan who he’s !!, the Congress chief wrote, sharing the CM’s Tweet concerning the name from the actor.