Saturday 24 February 2018

Shah Rukh Khan premiere disrupted

Shah Rukh Khan's film premiere was disrupted
Shah Rukh Khan's film premiere was disrupted
Shah Rukh Khan's film premiere was disrupted
Shah Rukh Khan's film premiere was disrupted
Shah Rukh Khan's film premiere was disrupted
Shah Rukh Khan's film premiere was disrupted

Shak Rukh Khan's Bollywood film premiere has been disrupted by Hindu nationalists protesting against his recent support for Pakistan's cricketers.

More than 21,000 police guarded more than 60 cinemas in Mumbai, but at first only two multiplexes screened the first shows of the movie and the rest responded to a boycott called by Shiv Sena, a Mumbai-centred political party known for regional chauvinism and Hindu fundamentalism.

However, most theatres began screening the movie later on Friday, said Himanshu Roy, a joint commissioner of police.

Nearly 150 Shiv Sena workers hurled stones and tried to force their way inside cinemas but police held them off, an officer said on condition of anonymity.

Police detained at least 40 protesters, said television news channel CNN-IBN.

Shiv Sena - which means Shiva's Army - has branded Khan a traitor for expressing regret that no cricketers from India's arch rival Pakistan were chosen to participate in next month's Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Shiv Sena will allow screenings only after Khan apologises, said Manohar Joshi, a senior party leader who led a group of supporters to one cinema.

Khan, who is Muslim, has refused to apologise.

The movie, My Name Is Khan, is set in the United States against the backdrop of the 9/11 attacks and traces the journey of a Muslim man who suffers Asperger syndrome.

Press Association

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