VHP protests shooting of Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees in Bhuj over intolerance
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members on Wednesday protested against the ongoing shooting of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film Raees in Bhuj, for his earlier remarks on “intolerance”.Updated: Feb 03, 2016 16:38 IST
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members on Wednesday protested against the ongoing shooting of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film Raees in Bhuj, for his earlier remarks on “intolerance”.
In November last year, Shah Rukh Khan sparked a debate when he said during an interview that there was “extreme intolerance” in India. “Intolerance religiously…not being secular in this country is the worst crime you can do as a patriot,” he said. He was the first Bollywood actor to join the ongoing debate on intolerance in the country.
However, the actor retracted his statementsjust a few days later. “I talk about something and it is misconstrued, and I get into trouble. That’s a nuisance. Like that thing which blew up recently — I never said India is intolerant. When I was asked about it, I said I wouldn’t like talking about it, but when they insisted, I had just said that the youth should concentrate on making this a secular, progressive country,” he told Mid Day.
Around 20-30 VHP activists had on Tuesday handed over a memorandum to district officers and demanded withdrawal of the permission given for the shooting of the film. On Wednesday, they protested outside the district Collector’s office pressing for the same demand. They shouted slogans against the actor and also burnt and tore his posters.
“From the Collector’s office they wanted to go to the place where the shooting is on, which is on the outskirts of the Bhuj city, but we have stopped them and dispersed them,” Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) M B Parmar said.
“He should think, living in this country which gave him name, fame and riches; if he goes on speaking about non-existent intolerance, the VHP will never forgive,” Gujarat VHP general secretary Ranchod Bharwad said.
“Today there is news that a Hindu temple was attacked and vandalised in Pakistan. Why are they not giving any statement on the intolerance there,” he asked.
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In December last year, workers of right wing organisations had staged protest against Khan in Gujarat, Rajasthan states and called for a boycott of his film Dilwale on the same issue.
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First Published: Feb 03, 2016 16:31 IST