MP: Minister Narottam Mishra Slams Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan’ over Saffron Costume

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BHOPAL – Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s upcoming Bollywood flick ‘Pathaan’ may face problem in Madhya Pradesh as both the ruling and the opposition have objected to the saffron costume worn by the actor in the film.

Responding to the film promos, State Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Wednesday termed the costumes and scenes in the film “obscene and condemnable”. It should be corrected, or the state government will be forced to take a decision the screening of the film.

Objection has been raised over Deepika Padukone’s saffron costume in a song titled ‘besharam rang’. Released on Tuesday, the song is trending on social media.

Reacting on the controversy, state home minister Narottam Mishra said, “Actress Deepika Padukone’s costume is highly objectionable and the song has been shot with a dirty mindset. The scenes and costumes of the songs should be changed, or we will have to take a decision on ist screening in Madhya Pradesh,” Mishra said while accusing the actress of supporting the ‘Tukde Tukde’ gang.

Notably, leader of opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Govind Singh has also expressed his anger on costumes in the song. “The scenes of the song and costumes are highly objectionable. Such things are not acceptable in Indian culture,” Singh said while talking to the reporters on Wednesday.

The right wing Sanskriti Bachao Manch also joined the bandwagon and staged a protest against the film calling “saffron a shameless colour with obscenity.” The members of Sanskriti Bachao Manch protested against Deepika Padukone’s dress, as she was seen wearing saffron-coloured clothes.

Chandrashekhar Tiwari said, “This is an insult to our saffron dress, which Sanskruti Bachao Manch will not tolerate. Shahrukh Khan, when Hindus started boycotting your film, you remembered Vaishno devi. You will have to apologise to all Hindus and remove the song from this film because the people of India have made you a superstar. Shahrukh Khan, why are you always degrading your image by doing such acts? You should apologise to all Sanatan Dharma believers.”

The Sri Rama Sena in Karnataka on Thursday urged the production house of Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Pathan’ to roll back the “Besharam Rang” song or face a boycott.

Pramod Muthalik, founder of the Sri Rama Sena, stated on Thursday that these are not like old times. Change and awareness have come. The boycott calls on Bollywood movies have worked. If the Besharam song is not withdrawn, a boycott ‘Pathan’ campaign will be launched, he warned.

He charged that the ‘Besharam Rang’ song is indecent and vulgar. The song says the saffron colour is shameless. Bollywood is in the hands of Dawood Ibrahim, communists and atheists. They have been targeting Hindus and attacking their belief system, Muthalik stated.

He said that the Hindi movie PK showed Hindu Gods in a distasteful manner. “Let them show burqa clad people dancing or a dance in the church. These kind of films set mindsets for living together, love jihad, rape and kidnaps. The censor board must take it seriously,” he said.

Meanwhile, veteran south Indian actor Prakash Raj has reacted angrily to the controversy surrounding Hindi film industry superstar Shah Rukh Khan and popular actress Deepika Padukone’s new release ‘Pathan’s ‘Besharam Rang’ song.

“#Besharam Bigots.. So it’s okay when Saffron clad men garland rapists.. give hate speech, broker MLAs, a Saffron clad swamiji rapes Minors, But not a DRESS in the film?? #justasking,” Prakash Raj’s tweet reads.

Pramod Muthalik has questioned Prakash Raj on his remarks. “It is Hindus who are showing patience and tolerance though they have been attacked,” he said.

The Besharam song has become an instant hit after its release, crossed 2 million views in two hours and has now crossed 42 million views.

The Hindutva activists across the country have raised objections to the song and stated that the attire of actors encourages love jihad. They had objected to the dance sequence where Shah Rukh Khan is wearing a green colour shirt and Deepika is flaunting a saffron outfit. -IANS

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