After targeting Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his remarks
supporting the inclusion of Pakistani cricketers in the IPL, the
Shiv Sena Saturday dragged in Aamir Khan, calling the duo "2
"In real life, Aamir and Shah Rukh have been proved as '2 Idiots' as
both are making stupid statements supporting the cause of Pakistani
cricketers," said a statement in the party's Hindi mouthpiece
Dopahar Ka Saamna.
"On the one hand, while SRK is openly displaying his love for
Pakistani players, Aamir has even put nationalistic sentiments in
his utterances on this issue," said the statement in the tabloid,
which hit the stands this afternoon.
"According to Aamir, if any cricketer is good, he would like to have
him in his team, it makes no difference to him which country he
belongs to," said the statement.
The statement is accompanied by a digitally altered picture of the
recent record blockbuster "3 Idiots". It shows the head of Aamir
(the star and promoter of the movie) popping out of a drum and SRK
sticking his tongue from another drum - signifying the accompanying
heading of "2 Idiots".
Aamir had said Friday that if he were to select IPL players he would
do so only on the basis of their performance and not nationality.
The Shiv Sena Friday hit out at Shah Rukh, who is also the Kolkata
Knight Riders co-owner, after he said he would have picked a
Pakistani player for IPL matches if his team had a slot.
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said if the actor was so keen
on them, "He could go play his matches in Lahore, not in India".
Thane Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde announced that no film of Shah
Rukh would be screened in the district.
Both actors have not reacted to the Shiv Sena's tirade.