Shiv Sena is back to creating trouble for Bollywood again. After the recent controversy surrounding Ae Dil Hai Mushkil because of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan who featured in it, it is now Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees’s turn.
Just a few days after SRK himself went to meet Raj Thackeray, the chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to ensure smooth release of Raees, rival party Shiv Sena has begun sending threats to the distributors of the film. Leaders of the party have sent distributors a letter warning them of dire consequences if they go ahead with the release of the film, scheduled for January 25.
Akshaye Rathi, a leading distributor, was sent a letter from the political party’s Chhattisgarh wing. He has since been trying to contact the leader of the youth wing of the party, Aaditya Thackeray and bring the threat to his notice.
MNS has already assured Shah Rukh Khan that they will not create any trouble for the release, based on SRK’s clarification that Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, who plays the female lead in the film, would not be present at the film’s promotion.
However, SRK has had a sour relationship with the Shiv Sena ever since he took a strong stand against the party during the release of his movie, My Name is Khan. He has also angered Sena leaders in the past by refusing to apologise for stating that there was no harm in including Pakistani cricketers in the IPL.
The future of the film seems uncertain and more reports are awaited.