‘The industry does not unite in times of crisis is wrong’, Shah Rukh Khan on ‘Padmaavat’ protests

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The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film faced a lot of trouble ahead of its January 25 release as various Rajput groups were up in arms against the movie over its portrayal of Queen Padmavati and Rajput honour.

In this line, Boollywood King Shah Rukh Khan on Tuesday said that major Bollywood stars stayed silent on ‘Padmaavat’ controversy not out of fear, but to avoid hurting the film’s chances at the box office.

Shah Rukh said the perception that the industry does not unite in times of crisis is wrong.

He said at an event, “Sometimes when people are going in an ‘uprising’, you should just stand back. Nobody is scared, fearful or hiding their own skin as is said about Bollywood stars, ‘Oh these people just want to earn money and not do anything for the society.”

“No. We love our society, we make entertaining films, and we want our society to be happy,” he added.

The actor said, he in fact, suggested the film’s team to remain quiet during the controversy, rather than giving importance to the protests.

Shah Rukh says, “Business of our films happen in the first few days. If you kill the first few days, the business suffers. Recently with the Viacom18 film ‘Padmaavat’, we had people saying ‘Why don’t the other stars come up, they are not coming up, oh they are hiding.’ No, we are not hiding. As a matter of fact, the simple truth is this, there are certain people who go on an ‘uprising’.”

The actor said one needed to get used to the fact that in the era of information technology, it will become increasingly difficult to stop an idea from spreading.

Shah Rukh Khan attended here to Shaping the Future and Entertainment’ panel discussion at Magnetic Maharashtra event.–CINEWS

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