Shah Rukh Khan Refuses To Apologise To Shiv Sena Over IPL Comments
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan denied to apologise to Shiv Sena over his comments on IPL, supporting the Pakistan Cricketers saying there is absolutely nothing wrong in what he said. Shah Rukh said, “I have done nothing wrong in saying what I said about Pakistani players and I said that as an Indian.”
He received support from Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan of the Indian National Congress who said that the screening of Shah Rukh’s latest, ‘My Name Is Khan’ will not be disrupted and “stern action” will be taken against those who try to do so.
Though Shah Rukh is confident that his ‘My Name Is Khan’ will sail through the waters without much trouble, some Bollywood names fear its happening.
Shah Rukh recalled the time when his ‘Billu’ released and said, “The question of apologising does not arise at all. I have had to apologise just before the release of Billu as well and people try to gain political mileage out of us.”
Apart from support from the Chief Minister the actor did not seem to receive any support from his Bollywood counterparts. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said, “If you look at our history you will find each person fends for himself in Bollywood. The politics of silence rules Bollywood. Here it is not power but fear which corrupts absolutely.” Citing specific examples he said, “Shah Rukh Khan is fighting his own battle, Salman Khan’s ‘Veer’ has been pulled out of cinema halls in Udaipur but nobody is condemning it, ‘Fanaa’ was thrown out of Gujarat.”
Bollywood has time and again condemned allegations slapped on celebrities but not even once has anyone come out openly to support the other. Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan only mentioned that politics should not interfere in sports but no one else came forward to support Shah Rukh strongly. Trade analyst Amod Mehra said in agreement with Bhatt, “The industry is suffering because it lacks leadership. We have presidents and chairmen for all film associations but not one who can fight for the film industry and nobody is strong enough to fight politicians."
Shringar Films,the film distributor in Mumbai was attacked on Monday and Balakrishna Shroff, Head of Shringar Films has written to Bal Thackeray, saying that unless ‘My Name Is Khan’ is cleared by him, they will not release it.