Rashtra Sena, a little known outfit, has also put up banners in several parts of Surat against the Bollywood superstar and the movie, which hit the screens today. Police dispersed them before the situation could worsen, said a police officer. “India had so many great personalities on whom you can make a movie.
VHP leader Ranchhod Bharwad said the title character of “Raees”, played by Khan, is based on the life of Abdul Latif, a bootlegger-turned-politician. But Khan chose Abdul Latif, who was a dreaded criminal, bootlegger and a mafia don.
He also slammed SRK for casting Pakistani actor Mahira Khan as the female lead, alleging that she made anti-India statements after going back into Pakistan. The latest one being a ban petitioned by politicos of Gujarat.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Gujarat unit of Shiv Sena on Wednesday sought a ban on Shah Rukh Khan-starer Raees, claiming the movie “glorifies” a real- life “criminal”. be it before the release or after, the film is constantly embroiled in some or the other controversy. Police must book Khan for the death, he said. “Instead of highlighting police officers who tamed Latif, the makers have projected Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Latif as a hero of the masses,” said Sena leader Ashok Sharma.
The VHP leader also held Khan responsible for the death of a person at Vadodara railway station two days back, when the crowd which had gathered to have a glimpse of the actor went out of control. Khan claimed the movie is based on fictional character but everyone knows that Raees is based on Latif,” said Bharwad.Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees is surely having the worst luck ever since the genesis of the project.
The Gujarat unit of Shiv Sena also asked the BJP government in the state into stop the screening of “Raees”, claiming that “portrayal of Abdul Latif as a hero” would encourage bootleggers and anti-social element. “We believe that government should ban the movie and book Khan for sedition for making such a movie,” said Bharwad. A few VHP and Bajrang Dal workers shouted slogans outside a theatre in Valsad this morning. “Government should ban this movie, as it indulges in hero-worshipping of mafia dons,” said Bharwad.