Shah Rukh Khan Criticised By Shiv Sena For Supporting Pakistani Players
Shah Rukh Khan
Shiv Sena turned its strong weapon of criticism against King Khan, Shahrukh for his comments on Pakistani cricketers. One of its leaders commented that he should play his matches in Lahore whereas another announced that his movies can’t be screened in Thane.
Shah Rukh had to be the target of the Shiv Sena group owing to his recently extended support to the Pakistani players who were ignored in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. Shah Rukh had said in Ahmedabad on Wednesday that there was need for creating an environment where IPL franchisees could recruit Pakistani players with ease. He also went a step further and said that he would have loved to take Pakistan players in his Kolkata Knight Riders had the quota for the foreign players in his team not been completed.
In this regard, Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said if the actor was so interested in them "he could go play his matches in Lahore, not in India". He added, "Pakistan has been blatantly indulging in terror activities and killing our innocent people. Sena is firm in our policy of not allowing Pakistani players on our soil."
Raut brought again the recent Shiv Sena's "ban" on Australian players that was declared last week by party chief Bal Thackeray. The ban was announced in the wake of the ongoing attacks on Indians in Australia.
Thane Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde took the matter further and denied the screening of any Shah Rukh’s movie in the district. In his statement he said, "Since Shah Rukh Khan has hurt the sentiments of the people by his utterances, we have decided that his films will not exhibited in any cinema or multiplex in entire Thane district.”
Shah Rukh's latest movie "My Name Is Khan" is slated to release on February 12. Hope Shiv Sena’s threat does not hinder the running of this much awaited movie!