Like several other recently released films, Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan also faced boycott calls. The spy thriller landed in controversy after its first song Besharam Rang released on the internet in December last year. Several politicians raised objections over the song and called it an insult to Hindus as Deepika Padukone was seen wearing a saffron-coloured outfit.
Now, with less than a week to go for Pathaan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed ministers of his Bharatiya Janata Party to refrain from making 'unnecessary comments' on Hindi films. According to a news portal's report, he addressed the party workers on the final day of BJP's National Executive Meeting in Delhi on Tuesday. Reportedly, PM Modi told that everyone in BJP works hard on the party's development agenda and when some people pass comments on films, the entire narrative goes for a change.
Soon after Besharam Rang premiered on various social media platforms, many BJP leaders including Narottam Mishra and Ram Kadam tweeted against it. While MLA Ram Kadam said films insulting Hindutva won't be tolerated, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra objected to the colour of Deepika and Shah Rukh's costumes in the song.
Earlier this month, during a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Suniel Shetty spoke about the toxic Boycott Bollywood trend and expressed his desire to get rid of it. He requested the CM to take the matter under his control. He even said, "If you take the lead and talk to our beloved Prime Minister about it, it will make a huge difference."
Pathaan, starring Shah Rukh and Deepika with John Abraham, Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana, will release on January 25. It is directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Yash Raj Films.
(Source: India Today)