Last Friday, Assam’s capital Guwahati saw a riot over Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film ‘Pathan’. Members of the Bajrang Dal, a wing of the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, vandalized a local cinema hall and tore down posters of the film.
When asked about this, Biswa Sharma told reporters last Saturday, ‘Who is Shah Rukh Khan? How many Shah Rukh Khans do we have here? A film called “Doctor Bezbarua” will be released soon. I am worried about that picture. Don’t know about “send”, won’t go to see. I have no tension about this.’ Within a few hours of his comment, Shah Rukh called Biswa Sharma and the Chief Minister assured the security of the film.
Earlier, Rajeev Bora, the owner of that cinema hall in Guwahati, said that Shahrukh Khan also called him and wanted to know in detail what kind of attack took place in the theatre. Bora also said that Shahrukh Khan was very worried.
‘Pathan’ is slated to release next week, on January 25. 26 January is Republic Day of India. Office, school etc. will be closed during that time. Visitors also take a break at this time. Therefore, the producers have arranged the release of the film on Wednesday in the hope that the film will do good business this week. Usually commercial films in India release on Fridays.