Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees is facing one hurdle after another. Just days after the actor reportedly met and assured Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray that Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, who plays the lead role in Raees, wiill not visit India to promote the film, some members of Shia community have been offended by a scene in the trailer of Raees.
Members of Shia community in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, have found a scene from Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees offending and have decided to boycott the movie. The representatives of the community have written a letter to the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanding the exclusion of the scene in which ‘the actor is seen jumping over a religious structure’.
Spokesperson of United Shia Front, Samar Abbas Jaidi said, “The actor is shown crossing over an Alam (a Shia religious structure) in a chase sequence. It is strictly prohibited for anyone to cross over the holy structure. We will boycott the movie in the district if the movie is released without removing the scene.”
The community members watched the promotional trailer of the movie on WhatsApp which was released recently. “We will request the district administration to issue a ban on the video to prevent its circulation.”,informed Jaidi.
Dailymail quoted Shia cleric from Lucknow, Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawad Naqvi as saying. “Mr Khan should know that such religious rituals are followed by Shias to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. We have organised a huge protest in this regard. I hope appropriate action would be taken.”
Reports also said petitions have been filed in Mayur Vihar Police station (New Delhi) and Jaunpur district court (Uttar Pradesh), asking the actor and filmmakers to remove the scene as it hurts religious sentiments.
Raees, scheduled to be released on January 26 has already faced controversy over its release date. Son of gangster Abdul Latif (on whom the movie is allegedly based) has also demanded Rs 101 crore from the producers of the movie for misrepresenting facts about his father.
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