Hundreds of thousands thronged cinema halls across India Friday to see Shah Rukh Khan’s “My Name is Khan”, with Mumbai too giving the thumbs down to the Shiv Sena that called for its boycott to protest the Bollywood megastar’s advocacy of Pakistani cricketers. Our correspondent Vrushali Chitre brings us a report on the verdict of the masses that came in support of their favorite superstar Shah Rukh Khan. It was a day of rejoice and dispirit for movie goers at Mumbai who were eagerly waiting to see the most popular pair of bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol after a long time in latest release My Name Is Khan. However, the Shiv Sena had declared that the party would not allow its screening in Maharashtra. Even as police scuffled with Shiv Sena activists outside some theatres in Mumbai, most Shah Rukh fans across the country lauded “My Name is Khan”. To prove a point, Home Minister R.R. Patil purchased ticket and watched the movie at INOX cinema in south Mumbai. Barring one theatre in Dadar where the show was disrupted midway by Sainiks who had managed to get in, everywhere else the movie ran to packed houses but under heavy security. Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi threatened to protest intensively if the movie was screened at all in the theatres. On the other hand, Home Minister R R Patil ensured that there will be maximum security and that people can come and watch the movie without any inconvenience. Revenue Minister Narayan Rane was also of the opinion that the Shiv Sena had no issue to rake up and hence was taking up this issue. Earlier speaking during a press conference, even actor Shah Rukh Khan had voiced that he did not pass an anti-national statement. Many in the city felt that the Shiv Sena had erred in questioning Shah Rukh’s credentials as an Indian. They said that the issue was blown out of proportion and that the political parties should stick with the grave issues concerning the city. Even Shah Rukh Khan stated that art, culture and sports should be left free so that there can be an interaction between two countries without any harm. In the end of all the ruckus created, Mumbai won against the Sena’s politics of hate and the movie got a good opening. Mumbaikars decisively denied the gunda raj of the Shiv Sena in Mumbai. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV news.
December 31, 2008
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