Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna on Saturday slammed actor Shah Rukh Khan, who recently got into a brawl at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The Mumbai Cricket Association has declared a five-year ban on the actor in this regard.
In an editorial that conveyed the views of party chief Bal Thackeray,
the paper advised Shah Rukh to take a lesson from actor Amitabh Bachchan on keeping his feet glued to the ground despite being a celebrity.
Bollywood actor and IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan brushes aside a security guard blowing a whistle to direct children accompanying him off the playing field at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE
“He tried to do a ‘My Name is Khan’ but fell on his face,” said the editorial, adding that Khan should keep away from brawling and “lobbying for Pakistan”.
In 2010, Khan had locked horns with the Sena over his remarks on including Pakistani players in the IPL. Following that, the party had not allowed his movie to run in theatres.
“What is surprising is that the same Shah Rukh who is kept waiting at American airports for security checks for 4-5 hours, and is even asked to strip, does not react in the same way there. He, in fact, keeps going to the same country and again and again. He only does this with security guards at Wankhede because he thinks he can behave in any way here without fearing the law,” the editorial said.
“We do not have any personal enmity towards Shah Rukh, but it is time he develops a bond with society. Amitabh Bachchan refused a D Litt degree from an Australian university because several Indian students were being targeted there. We have also read that he has paid off loans of 114 farmers in Wardha...”
However, it said if Khan’s claims of children being manhandled by a security guard were true, then the person responsible should be punished.
The editorial said that though other actors like Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan also take their children to public areas, they never get drunk and enter into brawls.
It went on to criticise the MCA, stating that it banned Shah Rukh for just five years instead of a lifetime. With a little pressure from Delhi, it will “bring the ban down to five minutes”, the editorial added.