Indian Twitter users are running a campaign against the Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan after the emergence of a 2008 picture of the superstar with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Indian Twitterati are running a ridiculous campaign to censure SRK with #BoycottShahRukhKhan trending in the country.
Several netizens retweeted the picture calling for a boycott against Shah Rukh Khan and his movies.
The actor is set to play a RAW agent in his upcoming movie ‘Pathan’ in which the actor will be playing a Muslim, which has also struck the racial nerve of Hindu fundamentalists in the country.
An internet user claimed that Shah Rukh’s portrayal of Ashoka in the 2001 film, in which the actor starred alongside Kareena Kapoor, was negative and put the emperor in a “bad light”.
The user also had issues with the actor choosing to play a character named Pathan. He tweeted, “SRK shows our Hindu king Ashoka in a bad light. Where Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar are making movies on Tanhaji and Prithviraj Chauhan, he is making a movie on Pathan. I mean it’s a spy action movie so why don’t they give him a Hindu name? Why praising Pathan in India?
In a similar vein, a netizen bashed him on his remarks he had given years ago, The tweet said, “Before supporting anyone, I am a proud Indian. SRK called India ‘Intolerant’ when every Muslim is having full freedom. He says Pakistani players should be picked in IPL.”
Another user took to Twitter and posted about the glorification of Pathans in the upcoming film, writing, “Which Pathans are [they] glorifying? Those who are fighting among themselves? Killing their mothers and sisters? Killing their own brothers?”
Some shared an old video of Shah Rukh in which the actor calls out the rising intolerance in the country. The user used his quoted words and tweeted, “If India is an intolerant country, then why do these people still live here?”
Another Twitter user seemingly quoted the actor’s remarks on Pakistani cricket, labeling him “pro-Pakistan”. The post read, “Pakistani players are the best players in the world. They are the champions! There’s extreme intolerance in India! This guy SRK is pro-Pakistani and he has proven it many times.”
Some users even called for a complete boycott of Bollywood overall, writing, “Friends, We are on the way to success again! Let’s share in each and every group and send this Bollywood to hell. We don’t need any more Bollywood.”