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Pathan protests: Shah Rukh dials up Assam CM after ‘I should have called’ comment

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh called him late at night and expressed concern over the protests by a right-wing outfit in the state against the release of his film. Sarma said that he has assured Shah Rukh Khan that the state government will ensure that no such untoward incident takes place during the release of his film ‘Pathan’. (Also read | Who is Shah Rukh Khan, asked Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa amid anti-Pathan protests)

“Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we spoke at 2 am today. He expressed concern over an incident that took place in Guwahati during the screening of his film,” the chief minister said in a tweet. .

“I assured them that it is the state government’s duty to maintain law and order. We will conduct an inquiry and ensure that no such untoward incident takes place.

Several members of a right-wing outfit allegedly broke into a cinema hall in Assam’s Narangi on Friday, vandalized property and burnt posters of ‘Pathan’.

Asked about the protests against the screening of ‘Pathan’, Sarma on Saturday said “Who is Shah Rukh Khan? Why should we care? We already have so many Shah Rukh Khans?”

He added, “I have not heard of a film called ‘Pathan’ and I have no time for it.”

However, they assured that they would take action if any incident of breach of law and order was reported.

“If law and order is violated, action will be taken. But till now I have not received any complaint from cinema hall owners or film makers. If there is any incident Shah Rukh Khan himself should call me. Yes, if he does, I will look into the matter,” the Assam chief minister added.

‘Pathan’ has been mired in controversy ever since several right-wing groups as well as Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra objected to one of its songs – ‘Beshram Rang’.


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