Seems everything Shahrukh touches these days turns to gold, and with his new movie “My Name is Khan” all set to release globally on Feb 12th. The movie is being distributed by Fox Searchlight, the very same banner which made Slumdog Millionaire, into a global phenomenon.
The cash registers seem to be ringing already too it seems, with the stars of MNIK being invited, to ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell on the 1st of this month.
Closer home however trouble seems to be brewing already for one of the most anticipated releases of the New Year. An apparent misquote from Shah Rukh sent the Shiv Sena into a frenzy (it’s really not that hard) with agitated workers demanding, Shah Rukh apologise for making claims that Pakistani players should have been invited to play in the third edition of the IPL Twenty20 tournament.
Shah Rukh, who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders, is the only team with a Pakistani player on its rolls (Wasim Akram as a Bowling consultant), and Shah Rukh seemed to be upset with the opportunity denied to able Pakistani players to participate in the proceedings.
However, that did not deter Shiv Sena activists led by Anil Parab, a local MLA to demonstrate outside Shah Rukh’s residence in Bandra, “Mannat”, demanding a ban on the upcoming movie and even dubbing him and Aamir Khan, (star of the mega hit “3 Idiots”), as “2 idiots”. Suspected Shiv Sena activists even went on a rampage in Thane, tearing down MNIK movie posters displayed outside movie halls.
The Maharashtra Government assured Khan of his security and offered additional security cover.