Sun, 22 Jan 2023 12:38 PM IST
ASSAM Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan called him early Sunday morning and expressed concern about alleged protests by a rightwing outfit in the state against the release of his upcoming movie, Pathaan.
"Bollywood actor Shri@iamsrkcalled me and we talked today morning at 2 am. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during screening of his film. I assured him that it’s duty of state govt to maintain law & order. We’ll enquire and ensure no such untoward incidents," tweeted the Assam CM on Sunday.
Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we talked today morning at 2 am. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during screening of his film. I assured him that it’s duty of state govt to maintain law & order. We’ll enquire and ensure no such untoward incidents.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) January 22, 2023
This came a day after the Chief Minister while addressing a press conference said, "Who is Shah Rukh Khan? Why should we care? We already have many Shah Rukh Khans?"
"I have not heard about any movie by the name of 'Pathaan' and neither do I have any time for it," he added.
He also said that people should instead talk about the release of Assamese film 'Dr Bezabaruah 2'.
"We should rather focus watching the Assamese movie Dr Bezbaruah part 2, which has been directed by Sanjive Narain," he said.
He ensured that he will act if any incident of law-and-order violation is reported.
"Action will be taken, if law and order is violated. But, so far, I have not received any complaints from the cinema hall owners or the makers of the film. If there's been any incident, Shah Rukh Khan, himself, should have called me up. If he does so, I will look into the matter," the Assam CM further said.
Many rightwingers allegedly stormed into a cinema hall in Assam's Narengi on Friday, vandalising property and burning down posters of 'Pathaan'.
Earlier, on January 5, members of the same rightwing outfit allegedly created a ruckus at Alpha One Mall in Ahmedabad's Vastrapur, wrecking property and tearing down posters of the movie.
'Pathaan' has been mired in controversy ever since Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra objected to one of its songs -- 'Besharam Rang'.
Mishra had said, "The costumes in the song, at first glance, are objectionable. It is clear that the song of the film 'Pathaan' has been shot with a dirty mindset.
"Helmed by Siddharth Anand, 'Pathaan' starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, is scheduled to release in theatres on January 25.
(With inputs from ANI)