Guwahati: Amidst the raging debate over the upcoming film ‘Pathan’, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan called him late at night and expressed concern over reports of a protest by a right-wing organization in Guwahati against the release of his film.
CM Sarma said that he assured Shahrukh that the state government will maintain law and order and ensure that no such incident happens during the release of his film.
“Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we talked today morning at 2 am. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during the screening of his film,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet on Sunday.
He assured that the state government will take action if any incident of law-and-order violation is reported.
“I assured him that the state govt must maintain law and order. we will enquire and ensure no such untoward incidents,” he added.
“Action will be taken, if law and order are violated. So far, I have not received any complaints from the cinema hall owners or the makers of the film. If there’s been any incident, Shah Rukh Khan, himself, should have called me up. If he does so, I will look into the matter,” the Assam CM further said.
Notably on Friday, reacting to alleged protests by a rightwing outfit in Assam against the release of Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Pathaan’, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he doesn’t know Shah Rukh Khan neither is he aware of the movie ‘Pathaan’.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Sarma said, “Who is Shah Rukh Khan? Why should we care? We already have many Shah Rukh Khans?”
Earlier on Friday, he said people should instead talk about the release of the Assamese film ‘Dr. Bezabaruah 2’.
“I have not heard about any movie by the name of ‘Pathaan’ and neither do I have any time for it,” CM Sarma said.
“We should rather focus on watching the Assamese movie Dr. Bezbaruah part 2, which has been directed by Sanjive Narain,” he added.
Several rightwingers allegedly stormed into a cinema hall in Assam’s Narengi on Friday, vandalizing property and burning down posters of ‘Pathaan’.
Earlier, on January 5, members of the same rightwing outfit allegedly created a ruckus at Alpha One Mall in Ahmedabad’s Vastrapur, wrecking property and tearing down posters of the movie.
‘Pathaan’ has been mired in controversy ever since Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra objected to one of its songs — ‘Besharam Rang’.
Mishra had said, “The costumes in the song, at first glance, are objectionable. It is clear that the song of the film ‘Pathaan’ has been shot with a dirty mindset.”
Helmed by Siddharth Anand, ‘Pathaan’ starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and John Abraham is scheduled to release in theatres on January 25.