Friday, 12 February 2010


Hindu right-wing bigots held after protests at 'pro-Pakistani' Bollywood star

Shiv Sena vows to disrupt opening of My Name is Khan after actor Shahrukh Khan's support for Pakistani cricketers in Indian league

The Guardian

Its plot is a classic love story, set in the US after the
11 September 2001 attacks. And though a mainstream
Bollywood production it explores such gritty themes as life
for Indians overseas, Islam, terrorism, disability and
prejudice. The lead actors, though unknown to most western
audiences, are megastars for hundreds of millions globally.

My Name is Khan, which critics say looks set to become one
of the most successful Indian films ever made, is scheduled
to premiere tonight in Abu Dhabi and friday. Ahead of its
release the plot-lines have been carefully leaked, trailers
have been pirated and the film's two main stars, Shahrukh
Khan and Kajol Devgan, have embarked on a global promotion
tour. But even greater publicity has been generated by a
homegrown controversy in the Indian commercial capital of

Today police in the city arrested more than 1,600 activists
reportedly from the hardline Hindu nationalist party Shiv
Sena, which has vowed to disrupt the launch of the movie
after Khan allegedly made "pro-Pakistani statements".

The row followed the star's recent criticism of cricket
teams playing in next month's Indian Premier League
Twenty20 tournament for failing to hire players from
neighbouring Pakistan as they are allowed to do. His
comments provoked street protests earlier this week by Shiv
Sena activists who tried to force cinemas in Mumbai – the
home of the Indian film industry and one of its biggest
markets – to refuse advance bookings for the film. More
than 50 people were arrested in widespread disturbances.

"We have nothing against Shah Rukh Khan as a person but he
has to retract his statement," said Mohan Rawale, a veteran
Shiv Sena politician. "He is Indian and should be
protecting our India and our Indian players, not talking
about Pakistan, which has attacked us and caused terrorism
in our city and in our country and caused deaths and
injuries for which families and children are still

The film tells the story of Rizwan, an autistic boy born in
the Muslim community of Mumbai who is taught that people
can be divided into "good and bad" but that the good always
win in the end. After migrating to America he falls in love
with an Indian-born Hindu single mother living in San
Francisco, and marries her despite family opposition. Days
after the 9/11 attacks, Rizwan is detained at Los Angeles
airport. He then sets out on a long journey to clear his
name. Karan Johar, the director, has described Khan's
on-screen role as similar to that of the autistic character
played by Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.

1 comment:

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