Despite an assurance from the Shiv Sena supremo that the party will not disrupt the release of Shahrukh Khan’s upcoming film My Name Is Khan, Shiv sainiks went on rampage and attacked a number of theatres and multiplexes in Mumbai on Tuesday, when the advance booking of the movie began.
At Mehul theatre in Mulund, Shiv Sainiks broke window panes and damaged the posters of the film. Huma Adlabs multiplex also came under attack from a number of sainiks who got inside the multiplex by purchasing tickets of 3 Idiots and shouted slogans against Shahrukh Khan. Some even tried to damage the screen. In the evening, a Shiv Sainik successfully managed to tear the screen (through a blade) at Big Cinemas (Metro).
Meanwhile, the police was able to ward off attacks by the Sainiks at R Mall Complex and Shreyas Cinema in Mulund.
In the face of such attacks, Karan Johar, who’s the director of the film, met Mumbai’s Police Commissioner D Sivanandan to discuss the security issues. Johar later told the media that he’s got an assurance of full security by police.
The standoff between the Shiv Sena and Shahrukh began after the latter’s comment that Pakistani cricketers should have been included in the upcoming season of IPL. In retaliation, the Sena had warned theatre owners against screening Khan’s film ‘My Name Is Khan’ which is releasing on February 12.
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