It is already earning him the Shiv Sena wrath. Now actor Shah Rukh Khan’s remarks backing Pakistani cricketers have another detractor. Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has lashed out against SRK for supporting Pakistani players on the IPL snub. “Mera khoon khaul uthta hai, jab log Pakistanion ko support karne ki baat karte hain,” said Abhijeet.
“After 26/11, how can anybody support Pakistanis? We have great talent in India, which goes unnoticed because people like SRK and Mahesh Bhatt fight for the Pakistanis. Pakistani artistes come to India, not for any love for our country but for money. Indians, on the other hand, get nothing from their country,” he said. Abhijeet further asked, “Would this support for Pakistan help SRK release his films in that country, considering Indian films are banned there?”
The Shiv Sena has already declared a ban on SRK’s upcoming film My Name Is Khan in Maharashtra, and there are reports of filmmaker Karan Johar planning to postpone the film’s release.
A source revealed, “The film’s distributors have written to Sena chief Bal Thackeray for his approval to run the film in Mumbai.” But with no response from him, the possibility of its release being postponed cannot be ruled out. When contacted, the distributors, Dharma Productions and Shringar Films refused to comment. Shah Rukh, meanwhile, remains firm on his stand. “I have done nothing wrong in saying what I said about Pakistani players and I said that as an Indian,” he said.
I am Mumbai Campaign grows
A revolution is underway on Twitter and it’s called ‘My Name Is Mumbai’. Celebs and regular Mumbaikars are tweeting in support of Shah Rukh Khan, and against Shiv Sena’s stand against non-Maharashtrians living in Mumbai. Actor Ranvir Shorey tweeted, “I am an Indian residing in Mumbai. My name is Ranvir. #MyNameIsMumbai”, to which others, including his girlfriend actress Konkona Sen re-tweeted. Shweta said, “I once lived in a city called Bombay… Shiv Sena will NOT stop me frm supportin Pak cricketers.” Shwayuva said, “Stand up for India! They can change a city’s name but not its people.”