With ‘Dilwale’ about to release, Shahrukh Khan found himself facing some political backlash.
The MNS-affiliated Chitrapat Karmachari Sena has called for a public boycott of ‘Dilwale’ alleging that the actor ignored the plight of poor farmers reeling under severe drought.
They claim that Khan’s movie clearly doesn’t deserve an opening in a state “he’s taking for granted”.
Here’s the statement issued by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena:
“Farmers in Maharashtra, especially in Marathwada, are reeling under drought. Khan, who has been residing in the state and has made a lot of money, has not helped farmers in distress. When his help is needed, he isn’t forthcoming. We are not seeking a ban. We are only appealing people to boycott the film. SRK is taking Maharashtra for granted.”
But we all know, Shahrukh is one smart gentleman. He didn’t keep mum for long but gave an apt reply to the allegation during one of the promotional events.
“We have made a positive film, so I am sure that people will watch the film.”
This is not the first time MNS has targeted an SRK movie. Back in 2013, just before ‘Chennai Express’ was about to release, MNS had warned they’d disrupt the release of the movie.
This same political wing had told a leading lady that if UTV and Red Chillies (the producers of ‘Chennai Express’) attempt to dislodge any of the ongoing or forthcoming Marathi movies, they would not tolerate it and deal with it in ‘MNS style’.
But well, when have any threats stopped King Khan’s fans from going ga-ga over him? His movies have always made a killing at the box-office and this time will probably be the same!