Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees runs into trouble waters with the Shia community
United Shia Front, Samar Abbas Jaidi said, "We will boycott the movie in the district if the movie is released without removing the scene.�
On Sunday, Shah Rukh Khan met with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray to discuss the stance of Raees. He promised that lead Pakistani actor Mahira Khan won’t visit India to promote the film. Now, the film seems to face another hurdle, this time a scene in the trailer of Raees hasn’t gone down well with some members of the Shia community in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
Members of the community have taken offence to the scene in which Shah Rukh is seen jumping over a religious structure, hence have written a letter to the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanding the scene to be taken off.
Spokesperson of United Shia Front, Samar Abbas Jaidi said, “The actor is shown crossing over an Alam in a chase sequence. It is strictly prohibited for anyone to cross over the holy structure. We will boycott the movie in the district if the movie is released without removing the scene.”
A Shia cleric from Lucknow, Maulana Syed Kalbe Naqvi told Dailymail, “Mr Khan should know that such religious rituals are followed by Shias to commemorate the martyrdom of Iman Hussain. We have organized a huge protest in this regard. I hope appropriate action would be taken.”
As per reports the petitions have been filed in Mayur Vihar Police station in Delhi and Jaunpur district court in Uttar Pradesh asking the people involved in the film to remove the scene as it hurts religious sentiments.
Raees, scheduled to be released on January 26 and it clashes with Rakesh Roshan’s Kaabil, where the latter isn’t too happy about it.