Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone's Pathaan finally released in theatres on Wednesday amid much fanfare across the country. However, several Hindu organisations have been opposing the release of the film. In Madhya Pradesh's Monera, Bajrang Dal activists staged protests outside a cinema hall and the film's show was also cancelled.
Hundreds of Bajrang Dal activists protested outside Gold Cinema in Monera before the first show of Pathaan on Wednesday. They warned against the release of the film and even burnt posters of Shah Rukh Khan at the theatre premises.
In the video from the theatre doing the rounds, the activists can also be seen throwing footwear on the posters and raising 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans. Soon after the protests, SDM, CSP, City Kotwali station in-charge, Civil Line station in-charge reached the spot to bring the situation under control. Due to the protests, the manager of the theatre had to cancel the show.
Sunil Singh Sikarwar, District Coordinator of Bajrang Dal, called the film 'desh virodhi'. He also stated that there is a conspiracy to defame Hindu and saffron. Sikarwar added that Pathaan will not be allowed to run in Mayur Cinema and Morena Theater. SDM LK Pandey said that security has been increased by the police outside movie theatres in view of the protest
Shah Rukh Khan's film has been mired in controversies ever since the first song of the film, titled 'Besharam Rang', was dropped by the makers. The song sparked outrage after lead actress Deepika Padukone was seen donning a "saffron bikini" in one of the scenes in the song. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra called her outfit in the song "objectionable" and threatened makers to stall the film's release.
Several political leaders and Hindu organisations, including the VHP, also claimed that the use of the saffron/orange colour in the song was aimed at insulting Hindutva. Directed by Siddharth Anand, 'Pathaan' is touted to be one of the biggest ever action spectacle that audiences will see in theatres. It is a part of Aditya Chopra’s ambitious spy universe. The film also features Dimple Kapadia, Ashutosh Rana and John Abraham.