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All You Need To Know About The Sarma – SRK Controversy

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Assam Chief Minister Hemant Biswa Sarma has made it to the headlines for his tweet on Shah Rukh Khan. The tweet comes a day after he denied knowing the Bollywood Superstar. Here is all you need to know about the controversy.

On January 20th, members of Right Wing organisation Bajrang Dal protested against the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming movie, ‘Pathaan’. The Bajrang Dal activists stormed into a theatre in Guwahati, tore the posters, and burnt them down.

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Hemanta Biswa Sarma. Credits – Deccan Herald.

When asked a question regarding the same by the media, the Assam Chief Minister said that he did not know who Shah Rukh Khan is.

“Who is Shahrukh Khan? I don’t know anything about him or his film ‘Pathaan’,” He further stated that the actor had not called him regarding the matter.

“Khan has not called me, though many from Bollywood do so, regarding the problem. But if he does, I will look into the matter…. Action will be taken if law and order have been violated and a case has been filed,” he said.

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Rajeev Bora, the CEO of Gold Cinema later confirmed that the actor had called him to know more about the details. “Shah Rukh Khan called me in the morning. He asked me in detail what happened at the theatre. He seemed very concerned,” said Bora.

Hours after the incident Hemant Biswa Sarma tweeted confirming that he had received a call from SRK on the matter and that the matter will be looked into.
“Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we talked today morning at 2 am. He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during the screening of his film. I assured him that it’s the duty of the state govt to maintain law & order. We’ll enquire and ensure no such untoward incidents,” the Chief Minister said in a tweet.

Social media has erupted with memes after the incident calling out the Chief Minister of Assam.
Meanwhile, the YRF production has recorded historic pre-sale numbers. The movie is all set to have a thunderous opening on the first weekend. Many speculate the movie is the first Shah Rukh Khan film to enter the 300-crore club.


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