Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is heading to the hockey world cup in Odisha this month, is said to have been threatened by the Kalinga Sena, a fringe outfit in Odisha, over 2001 movie Ashoka. The outfit has threatened to throw ink on the actor’s face for distorting history in the film that was released 17 years ago. The police have taken notice and will be beefing up security.
Shah Rukh will be in Odisha for the inauguration of the Men’s Hockey World Cup, scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27. The Kalinga Sena has also threatened, aside from throwing ink on his face, to show him black flags on his arrival. The commissionerate police on Saturday said that adequate security measures will be taken during the visit of Shah Rukh to Odisha.
“We will take adequate security measures for the visit of Shah Rukh Khan during hockey world cup. However, the schedule of the actor is yet to be reached,” IANS quoted Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Sahu as saying.
Kalinga Sena chief Hemant Rath has demanded an apology from Shah Rukh for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Odisha people in Ashoka. The outfit alleged that the film dishonoured the state’s culture and its people by portraying the Kalinga war in a wrong manner.
About the movie Ashoka, it is an historical drama directed and co-written by Santosh Sivan, and it is a dramatised version of the early life of emperor Asoka, of the Maurya dynasty, who ruled most of the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BCE.
The film starred Shah Rukh, Kareena Kapoor, Ajith Kumar, Danny Denzongpa and Hrishita Bhatt. It was produced by Gauri Khan, Juhi Chawla and Radhika Sangoi. It was originally released as Ashoka The Great.