A day after the phone call with Shah Rukh Khan, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reiterated that when the superstar messaged him on Saturday, He “didn’t know who he was”. “I haven’t seen many movies after 2001,” he claims.
In a phone call initiated by Shah Rukh Khan, the chief minister of Assam reportedly assured the actor that his film “Pathaan” will be released on Wednesday.
Mr Sarma said he first heard from SRK on Saturday night.
“At 7.15pm, I got a text from SRK. He introduced himself – I’m Shah Rukh Khan and I want to talk to you.” I didn’t have time. I texted him back and called back at 2am. He introduced himself to me, I had no idea who he was. I know Amitabh Bachchan of Dharmendra hasn’t seen many movies after 2001,” the chief minister said today.
“So later at 2am, we had a conversation and I told him there would be no riots in Assam.”
Mr Salma had earlier tweeted a conversation he had with the star about the events in Guwahati during the screening of the film. Some right-wing activists tore up the film’s poster at the Guwahati theater where it will be screened.
The call came after Mr Sarma briefly told reporters the day before that he knew nothing about SRK or the film Pathaan.
“Who is Shah Rukh Khan? I don’t know anything about him or the movie ‘Pathaan’,” Mr Salma said in Guwahati on Friday. He was answering questions about the protests when theater owner Rajiv Bola received a call from SRK.
When told that SRK was a Bollywood superstar, Mr Salma scoffed that people in the state should focus on Assamese films instead of Bollywood. Mr Salma also said he had not received any calls from SRK and would look into the matter if urged by the actor.
The very next day, the actor called.
“Pathaan” sparked protests against the song “Besharam Rang” starring SRK and his co-star Deepika Padukone. Deepika Padukone wore a swimsuit in saffron, a color revered by Hindus. Several leaders, including right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad, called for the film to be banned.
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