Pathaan Movie First Day: Protests broke out in Bihar on the first day of the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s film Pathan. Protesters tore posters of the film ‘Pathan’ outside a cinema hall in Bhagalpur on Tuesday midnight. Activists of Bajrang Dal and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protested outside the theatre. During this, the protesters also raised slogans of ‘Film Chalega Hall Jalega’.
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The protesters protesting in Bhagalpur said that we will not allow the film to be screened. If the film goes on, the hall will light up. No film can be screened against Sanatan Dharma. The protesters said that Hindutva cannot be compromised. Any element opposing Sanatan culture will not be tolerated in Bhagalpur including the whole of India.
On the other hand, cinema hall manager Lalan Singh said that some anti-social elements have burnt the posters opposing the film. He further said that the application has been given to the local police station and SP and the administration has assured to provide security.
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Protests against the film in Bengaluru as well
VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad) supporters staged a protest in Bengaluru against the release of Shahrukh Khan’s film ‘Pathan’ and also burnt posters of the film.
— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2023
What is the controversy about Shahrukh’s film ‘Pathan’?
One of the highly anticipated films of 2023, Shah Rukh Khan’s film ‘Pathan’ courted controversy after the release of its song ‘Besharam Rang’. Apart from Shahrukh, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham are playing the main characters in the film. Shah Rukh Khan and his film Pathan are facing flak for showing Deepika Padukone in a saffron bikini in the song ‘Besharam Rang’.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra also objected to actor Deepika Padukone’s costume in the song, demanding improvements. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) later directed the makers of Pathan to implement changes, including songs, in the film as per the board’s guidelines.
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The film was also opposed in Assam
Recently, Bajrang Dal activists stormed a theater in Narengi, Guwahati, Assam, where the film was to be screened. Volunteers of the right-wing group tore the posters of the film and burnt them. Slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” were also raised during the vandalism. The right-wing group justified its violent protest as an action in “respect for religion”.
On 5 January, members of the Bajrang Dal, part of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), created a ruckus at the Alpha One Mall in Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, during the promotion of the film. Members of Bajrang Dal tore photographs of Shah Rukh Khan and his co-stars during their protest. The protesters also threatened the mall authorities that they would launch more violent protests if the film was released.
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