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Pathaan row: Hours after “Who is SRK” remark, Assam CM says Bollywood actor called him, assures security

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CM said that he assured Bollywood actor that it’s the duty of the state govt to maintain law and order and also ensure no such untoward incidents takes place during the screening of his film 'Pathaan'
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Hours after "Who is SRK" remark, Assam CM says bollywood actor called him, assures security
Last week, activists of Bajrang Dal allegedly damaged the movie posters of ‘Pathaan’ in a theatre in Guwahati

Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said Bollywood actor Shah Rukh called him late at night expressing concern over an incident in the state against his film release.

CM said that he assured Bollywood actor that it’s the duty of the state govt to maintain law and order and also ensure no such untoward incidents takes place during the screening of his film ‘Pathaan’

Taking to Twitter Sarma wrote, “Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we talked today morning at 2 am. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during the screening of his film.”

“I assured him that it’s duty of state govt to maintain law & order. We’ll enquire and ensure no such untoward incidents,” he added.

On Saturday, when journalists had raised questions on the violent protest by Bajrang Dal activists, who stormed into a cinema hall at Narengi area on Friday, where the film is slated to be screened. The far right wing group’s volunteers tore down the film’s posters and burnt them.

Sarma said, “Who is Shah Rukh Khan? I don’t know anything about him or his film “Pathaan”. Why should we care? We already have many Shah Rukh Khans?”

“I have not heard about any movie by the name of ‘Pathaan’ and neither do I have any time for it,” he added.

“Action will be taken, if law and order is violated. But, so far, I have not received any complaints from the cinema hall owners or the makers of the film. If there has been any incident, Shah Rukh Khan, himself, should have called me up. If he does so, I will look into the matter,” the Assam CM further said.

‘Pathaan’ has been mired in controversy ever since several right-wing groups as well as Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra objected to one of its songs — ‘Besharam Rang’.

‘Pathaan’, which has been directed by Siddharth Anand, will be released on January 25.

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