Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said today that he spoke with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and assured him of the protests against his upcoming film ‘Pathaan’. Mr Sarma said Mr Khan called him early this morning because of “an incident” at a theater in the state.
Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we talked at 2am today. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during the screening of his film. I assured him that it was the duty of the state government to maintain law and order. We will investigate and make sure there are no such unexpected incidents.
– Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) January 22, 2023
“Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we spoke at 2am today. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during the screening of his movie. I guarantee it. told him that the state government has a duty to maintain law and order. We will investigate and make sure there are no such unexpected incidents,” the minister said in a tweet.
His tweet comes a day after he curtly retorted, asking who Mr Khan was, when asked by reporters about violent protests by right-wing activists against the film. . “Who is Shah Rukh Khan? I don’t know anything about him or the movie ‘Pathaan’,” Mr Sarma said in Guwahati yesterday.
When he learned that Mr. Khan was a Bollywood superstar, he said that people in the state should be interested in Assamese films, not Bollywood.
This comment was in response to a question about some activists tearing up posters of the film at the Guwahati theater where the film will be shown.
Mr Sarma also said he did not receive any calls from Khan and that he would look into the matter if the actor urged. He also assured action should any protesters break the law.
Mr Khan’s movie ‘Pathaan’, scheduled for release on January 25, is facing opposition over the song ‘Besharam Rang’ in which his co-star Deepika Padukone wears a saffron bikini. Several leaders, including from the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad, have demanded a ban on showing the film.
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