The right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Wednesday issued a chilling warning to the Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan after its members disrupted the shooting of Raees.
“He should think, living in this country which gave him name, fame and riches; if he goes on speaking about on-existent intolerance, the VHP will never forgive,” Gujarat VHP general secretary Ranchod Bharwad was quoted by Indian Express.
He added, “Today there is news that a Hindu temple was attacked and vandalised in Pakistan. Why are they not giving any statement on the intolerance there.”
VHP members protested against the ongoing shooting of Shah Rukh’s film “Raees” in Bhuj district, for his earlier remarks on “intolerance”.
According to reports, around 20-30 VHP members on Tuesday handed over a memorandum to district officers and demanded withdrawal of the permission given for the shooting of the film.
“From the Collector’s office they wanted to go to the place where the shooting is on, which is on the outskirts of the Bhuj city, but we have stopped them and dispersed them,” Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) M B Parmar told the paper.
He had said, ““Just for symbolic gesture yes, if I have to. But, there’s intolerance, there’s an extreme intolerance. I think there’s growing intolerance. People just put words in the air even before thinking. And here’s a secular country. Here’s a country…We keep talking about modern India, we keep talking about progress and we keep talking about new India. Ours is a 25+ country, if we don’t allow our youngsters to be secular, they are not going to stand for it. It’s stupid to be intolerant. Being religious intolerant and not being secular is the worst crime you can do as a patriot.”
Several prominent members of the ruling BJP had reacted angrily to his statement calling him anti-national.