Shah Rukh Khan’s big 2010 release,
My Name Is Khan
, is in trouble in Maharashtra even before its release, but the Bollywood star says political anger stirred by comments attributed to him are baseless.
SRK has earned the wrath of the Shiv Sena, and his film posters are being torn down over the controversy about Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League. Though the actor says he was misquoted, the Shiv Sena has told the star “to play his matches in Lahore” if he wants Pakistani players in the IPL.
Speaking to HT City, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut says, “Shah Rukh’s remarks that Pakistani cricketers should’ve been taken in the IPL teams have angered the people of Maharashtra. He says, ‘Woh (Pakistani players) achche log hain,’ hum kehte hain Pakistan ke logon ke liye itna pyaar kyun hai? Out of anger people in the state are tearing down posters of his film My Name Is Khan, we have not said anything to them, they are doing it in anger.”
In response to the controversy, SRK posted this message on
: “Many years of experience and still feel awful when i hear misinformed news reports attributed to me or about me. do v prefer stars to be dumb. have a great nite. don’t answer ipl questions cos people look at the wrong end of the answers.”
Thane Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said no film of Shah Rukh’s would be screened in the district. “He has hurt the people by his utterances. We have decided that his films will not be exhibited in any cinema or multiplex in the entire Thane district.” Raut says there has been no denial from Shah Rukh, “He should tell us where and how he has been misquoted.” SRK had, in an interview in Ahmedabad said that his Kolkata IPL team had exhausted its quota of foreign players by picking up Australian cricketer Shane Bond, but he would have loved to have the Pakistani players in his team. “It is essential to create a conducive environment,” Khan had said.
The Maharashtra government has said that it would provide security to the actor if he requires it.