The Shiv Sena might be campaigning against Shah Rukh Khan, but the Twitter universe has been rallying in the actor’s support.
The words Shiv, Sena, Khan and @iamsrk (the actor’s twitter handle) were the most tweeted words in Mumbai and New Delhi on Wednesday.
Also trending widely was the hashtag (a way of organising tweets on a similar subject) MyNameisMumbai, a play on the name of Khan’s soon-to-be-released movie that the Sena has been threatening the launch of.
The hashtag was started by actors Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma late on Tuesday night, with the simple but powerful statement: I am an Indian residing in Mumbai. My name is Ranvir. #MyNameIsMumbai.
“The idea was to support Shah Rukh Khan’s and any other individual’s right to express himself without being threatened by the goonlike mentality displayed by some political parties,” Shorey told HT on Wednesday. “Normally, I have no time or inclination to participate in things political. But when matters go out of hand, it’s important to speak up and Twitter gives people like me an opportunity to do so and reach out to a few thousand other people.”
While theatres have been taking down posters for the film, on Twitter, people are being encouraged to buy tickets to express their support.
The Bollywood community on Twitter also chimed in, if a bit belatedly, starting with Riteish Deshmukh, who said: “My name is DESHMUKH and I stand by My name is KHAN.”