Updated Jan 11, 2017 03:18pm

Shiv Sena issues fresh threats to Raees as release date nears

It looks like Shah Rukh Khan just can't seem to catch a break.

SRK had struck a deal with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena that he would not involve his Pakistani co-star Mahira Khan in their film's promotions in exchange for the peaceful release of Raees.

However, film exhibitors in central Indian state Chhattisgarh are now receiving threats from Shiv Sena.

In a threat letter delivered to all exhibitors in Chhattisgarh, Rakesh Shinde, Chattisgarh Shiv Sena head, has asked exhibitors in Durg and Bhilai to not screen Raees in their theatres, failing which they will be solely responsible for the consequences, reports Indian Express.

Talking to indianexpress.com, Akshaye Rathi said, "All of us exhibitors in Chhattisgarh have got these letter which the subject reads a request for ban on Raees. The body of the letter asks all exhibitors to not screen any ‘deshdrohi’s film’ and if the cinema owners do so, they will be solely responsible for all the consequences. It’s signed by Rakesh Shinde, Chhattisgarh Shiv Sena head. It’s letter dated 5th January and was delivered to us day before yesterday."

Exhibitors have to take threats of disruption seriously, Akshaye shared.

“It’s illegal to say that you will stall a film that has been certified by the CBFC for release. Also something needs to be done about this threat letter. We have informed the police about it. When PK was released, one of the cinemas in Bhilai was seriously vandalised and the damage cost me Rs6 lacs. Dilwale too has not yet released in Durg. Even if one cinema gets vandalised, people who want to watch the film will get scared and prefer staying at home and buying pirated copies which will affect the industry,” said Akshaye.

The threats have been reported to the police and the exhibitors plan to approach the Chief Minister for the smooth release of the film.

Raees is slated to release on January 25.

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Jalbani Jan 11, 2017 04:34pm

Hi, I am Waseem Ahmed Jalbani of Canada, how can I help in releasing the film in your states?

Jj Jan 11, 2017 04:56pm

Nothing but an Inferiority complex!

Saif zulfiqar Jan 11, 2017 05:04pm

Jail secular Hind. Ha Ha Ha.

two 2 tango Jan 11, 2017 06:07pm

The goons and thugs of Shiv Sena are running their regressive politics of hate by targeting Bollywood. I believe Indian government is either paralyzed to control them or downright complicit in all this ugly politics.

Alanore Jan 11, 2017 06:44pm

@two 2 tango The present Indian goverment supports shiv sena. why is Shiv Sena always active when BJP is in power?

AXH Jan 11, 2017 07:15pm

The argument that the Indian government is NOT behind this so-called ban is hilarious. These Shiv Sena and RSS goons are terrorizing people and the government is not taking any action against them, speaks volumes of this government's stand.

Faisal Jan 11, 2017 07:31pm

@two 2 tango I think Indian Government is itself involve in this.

Yogesh Jan 11, 2017 07:42pm

You can always express your protest by peaceful means but this kind of hooliganism must not be tolerated. Btw, now that Shiv Sena is in power in Maharashtra, they don't have a problem in releasing the film in the state? This is regressive politics, Uddhav Thackeray!

Masoud Jan 11, 2017 08:08pm

@Jalbani: It is Shiv Sena not allowing screening of this film.

ali Jan 11, 2017 08:29pm

@Alanore - You are wrong.....Shiv Sena is ANTI-BJP for a long time....they do not get along

Thoroughthinker Jan 11, 2017 08:55pm

Hindu terror!

Syed Ali Jan 11, 2017 09:09pm

India is great, congratulation Mr Modi.

Adnan Jan 11, 2017 09:13pm

Get a life your religious freaks. Let the people enjoy.

Muslim Medina Jan 11, 2017 09:18pm

Forget about Shiv Sena . These Pakistani Artists should refrain from acting in Indian Films. There is talk about boycott of Awards in which Pakistanis have been nominated. These Pakistani artists should stop working there and come home. They should realize that they rose to fame in Pakistan and not in India.

yxS Jan 11, 2017 09:18pm

They want more money!

Ahsan,Karachi Jan 11, 2017 09:27pm

For God's sake , all Pakistani artists please don't put your country's prestige at stake by working in films of India. Actors such as Mohammed Ali, Nadeem, Zeba etc all gained popularity without working in films in India

rizwan Jan 11, 2017 09:28pm

No Pak actor/Singer should ever go and work in India!Do they want to be killed by these Sanghi/Bajrangi goons!

Ramesh ahuja Jan 11, 2017 09:38pm

Shiv sena is right

Khan Jan 11, 2017 10:14pm

SRK is business man, and he knows the consequences, if his nation doesn't like Pakistani actresses/actors in their movies why he cast them. I am Pakistani and I support the notion "Country first always".

gt Jan 12, 2017 12:28am

I think Shiv Sena is wrong and innocent Pakistani actors have nothing to do with politics and they just want to make their living.Shiv Sena should stop all this which is not going to help but make more difficulties.

rahul Jan 12, 2017 11:45am

worst movie

Jehan Zeb Mir, M.D. USA Jan 12, 2017 02:10pm

These Pakistani actors are excellent in their looks and profession. They have better prospects of finding work in Hollywood than in Bollywood even though it is more convenient to work 500 miles away in Bombay instead of 12,000 miles away in Hollywood.

Pune-India Jan 12, 2017 06:50pm

@Alanore: SS don't scare to anyone whether they are congress or BJP....All Mumbai are under SS governance from 50 years during both parties

Maria Jan 12, 2017 08:23pm

Here we go again! These guys seem to be committed to turn their country into the biggest fascist country in the world. Good luck.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jan 14, 2017 07:48pm

True face of so called secular India.

Dr. Vinita Gurjar Jan 15, 2017 10:56pm

@Adnan I do not support shiv sena on this matter or any other matter but be clear that this is their way too excessive nationalism for polotical gains and this nowhere is related to hinduism. They are opposing the movie not beacuse a muslim actor is in lead role but bacause the actress is pakistani. Please clear your confusions!