Aamir, Shah Rukh '2 Idiots': Shiv Sena:
After targeting Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his remarks
supporting the inclusion of Pakistani cricketers in the IPL....Read
From the film fraternity, his fans to artists and political parties
- Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is drawing mass support in the
wake of the Shiv Sena's verbal assault on him for favouring
Pakistani players' inclusion in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Shiv Sena has sent feelers to
Mumbai cinema halls to boycott the actor's forthcoming film "My Name
Is Khan", which releases Feb 12.
Sena workers have removed the film
posters from several theatres.
Shah Rukh's colleagues are expressing
their support for him on micro-blogging website Twitter.
"Shah Rukh is the most secular and the
most fair guy I know! It's unfair to judge his movie based on his
opinions! I do love Karan Johar and Shah Rukh! Both are very dear to
me and I will defend them if someone writes nonsense about them,"
film star Preity Zinta tweeted.
Added Anupam Kher: "Mr P. Chidambaram
was displeased too for not including Pak (istani) players in IPL. No
outcry about it. May be (because) he is the Home Minister. You need
guts to go for him (sic)."
Others who have joined the online
forum include directors Mahesh Bhatt and Anubhav Sinha. Veterans
like Shabana Azmi and Shyam Benegal have also rallied in support for
the actor on national television.
"The state must step into this
immediately. The state has enough power. Why is the state not doing
anything?" said Benegal.
also said that if he were to select IPL players, he would do so only
on the basis of their performance and not nationality.
Shah Rukh, who owns the Kolkata Knight
Riders team of IPL, had spoken against the exclusion of Pakistani
cricketers from the forthcoming tournament. The Shiv Sena said if
Shah Rukh failed to apologise for his statement not only would his
"My Name Is Khan" be banned, but all his films could face a ban in
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has
come out in open support of the star.
The artists' community Thursday also
extended strong support to the Bollywood superstar.
A statement by the Safdar Hashmi
Memorial Trust (SAHMAT)- an umbrella organisation of artists - said:
"We, the community of artists, actors, musicians and cultural
artists are in full solidarity with the clear stand taken by Shah
Rukh Khan in facing the recent threats against him by the Shiv Sena.
"We salute the courage of Shah Rukh
Khan in standing up to these threats and want him to know that the
entire creative arts community stands by him," said the statement,
signed by well-known theatre personality M.K. Raina, artist and
photojournalist Ram Rahman, artist Vivan Sundaram, designer and
filmmaker Parthiv Shah and author Indira Chandrasekhar.
The Internet has also seen a flood of
communities for the actor like "Support Shah Rukh Khan, Support
India" and "We support Shah Rukh Khan and 'My Name Is Khan'" on
social networking website Facebook.
"Shiv Sena and MNS are treating
Maharashtrians as slaves... They targeting Shah Rukh because he is a
Khan. They never protested against L.K. Advani when he praised
(Muhammad Ali) Jinnah," Shakeel Shaikh posted on Facebook.
"The Sena can be pacified if Karan
Johar and Shah Rukh change the name of their film from 'My Name Is
Khan' to "My Name Is Khan (vilkar)'," posts Mumbai-based xylo26 on
Student and fans of Shah Rukh are not
happy with the situation.
"India is a democratic country and
everyone has the freedom to express his views. If Shah Rukh Khan
feels that the Pakistani players should be included in IPL, it is
singularly his opinion and one should respect it. Political parties
like Shiv Sena are free to disagree with it but they are nobody to
judge what's right or wrong," Poulomi Nath, a Delhi University (DU)
student, told IANS.
Added Asif Ali Ansari, another DU
student: "Cricket is a game irrespective of cast, colour, creed or
religion and politics should not come in it. Shah Rukh Khan is right
when he said Pakistan should play in the third session of IPL. How
can they (Shiv Sena) make a ruckus out of it?"