Shahrukh Khan After four years, he returned to the big screen with his much-awaited film Pathan in a full-fledged role. While fans from across the country thronged theaters to catch the film’s early morning screening, a few shows of Pathan were canceled in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore on Wednesday. According to news agency PTI, this happened after local political organizations protested against the film. Also read: Pathan Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan’s comeback film is high on action.
Prior to its release, Pathan was embroiled in controversy for his song Besharam Rang as many people, including politicians, criticized the song for ‘hurting religious sentiments’. PTI has now reported that Hindu Jagran Manch activists protested with saffron flags at the Sapna Sangeeta cinema hall in Indore as the film released on Wednesday. According to eyewitnesses, a few protesters reportedly entered the theater premises and told the audience that they would not allow the screening of the film.
Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal activists also protested against the screening of Pathan at Kastoor Cinema Hall in the city. According to reports, he raised slogans against Shah Rukh Khan. Immediately after this, police were deployed at both the theatres.
“Activists of Hindu Jagran Manch and Bajrang Dal are protesting against the film Pathan, so some of its morning shows have been cancelled,” PTI quoted Assistant Commissioner of Police Desh Aggarwal as saying. When asked about more shows of Pathan, he added that an appropriate decision will be taken considering the law and order situation.
Earlier, many had raised questions about Besharam Rang, in which Shah Rukh and Deepika are seen romancing in Spain. In the song, Deepika’s outfit, including her saffron swimsuit, was criticized by a section of people. Later, the film was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification with several cuts. Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film also stars John Abraham.
Recently, PM Narendra Modi warned BJP party workers against unnecessary remarks on irrelevant issues like films during a recent party meeting. He did not name any particular film.
(with inputs from PTI)