After targeting Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan for his remarks on Pakistani cricketers, Shiv Sena yesterday targeted the nawab. It is Saif who is at the receiving end of Shiv Sena's brickbats. Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray called the actor a tapori (vagabond) who did not deserve the Padma Shri award. The protest came after government announced the Padma Shri for Saif and Saif commented that, 'The honour should've been given to someone more senior'.
Recently, members of the Bishnoi community also protested against Saif. They demanded withdrawal of the Padma Shri to him and burnt Khan's effigy in Jodhpur. The community cited the pending court case against him under the Wildlife Protection Act for killing two black bucks while shooting for Sooraj Barjatya's film Hum Saath Saath Hain in October, 1998.
In 2009, Kareena and Saif starrer Kurbaan also was in the news, when Shiv Sena protested against the posters of the film showing Kareena's bare back.
"I fail to understand as to why the federal government has honored the actor with the prestigious Padma Shri Award for excellence in the field of art,” he said. “The Sena demands the immediate withdrawal of the award given to Saif."