Shah Rukh Khan’s help for Chennai victims irks Raj Thackeray’s party, Dilwale faces ‘ban’ in Maharashtra


Shah Rukh Khan’s decision to donate Rs 1 crore for Chennai flood victims had earned the Bollywood superstar plenty of plaudits across the country.

However, Khan’s decision to help the victims of Chennai’s worst human tragedy in living memory has come to haunt him, just three days before the release of his much anticipated next release Dilwale.

The cinema wing of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, has demanded the boycotting of SRK-Kajol starrer Dilwale. The party, in its press release has slammed the actor for not showing similar generosity towards farmers in the state.

MNS president Raj Thackeray, though distanced himself from the call given by an office bearer of his party to boycott Dilwale, he took a dig at the actor saying he had made a name for himself in the state but seemed to be unmoved by the plight of farmers in Maharashtra.

“Shah Rukh Khan donated Rs 1 crore for people affected by Chennai tragedy. But he has forgotten drought-hit farmers of Maharashtra. This has been condemned by the Chitrapat Sena,” Thackeray

The MNS release further added, “What the Chitrapat Sena is saying is right. Coming to Maharashtra, becoming big, earning a name for yourself and then forgetting the state is not right. He (Shah Rukh) should understand this. Nevertheless, I want to make it clear that Chitrapat Sena’s stand of boycotting the film is not an official stand of the party.”

In September, the MNS had issued ‘diktat’ instructing Bollywood personalities to help farmers suffering from drought-like conditions or face boycott of their films if they chose to ignore the call.

“Farmers in Maharashtra faced crisis because of drought this year. Shah Rukh Khan inspite of staying in the state has not done anything to help these farmers,” MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sena president Ameya Khopkar had said.