‘SRK called me at 2 am’: Himanta Sarma assures security amid Pathaan row

A day after Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said “who is Shah Rukh Khan” after reporters raised questions on violence at a theatre where the actor’s ‘Pathaan’ will be released, Sarma said that SRK called him at 2 am on Sunday morning.

The chief minister also said that he assured the actor that it’s the duty of the state government to maintain law and order and ensured him that no such untoward incidents would take place. “Bollywood actor Shri @iamsrk called me and we talked today morning at 2 am.

He expressed concern about an incident in Guwahati during screening of his film. I assured him that it’s duty of state govt to maintain law & order. We’ll enquire and ensure no such untoward incidents,” Assam CM wrote on Twitter.

On Saturday when Himanta Sarma was asked about Pathaan posters being burnt in Guwahati theatres by Bajrang Dal activists, Assam CM said, “Who is Shah Rukh Khan? I don’t know anything about him or his film Pathaan”. Sarma also said that the people of the state should be concerned about Assamese and not Hindi films.

“Khan has not called me, though many from Bollywood do so, regarding the problem. But if he does, I will look into the matter. Action will be taken if law and order has been violated and a case has been filed,” he said.

Two days back, Bajrang Dal activists, stormed a theatre at Narengi in the city on Friday where the film is slated to be screened. The right wing group’s volunteers tore down the film’s posters and burnt them. “Jai Shri Ram” slogans were also raised during the vandalism. The right-wing group justified their violent protest by calling it an action in “honour of dharma”.


Pathaan, one of the most awaited movies of 2023, stars Deepika Padukone alongside SRK and features John Abraham as the antagonist. SRK and his film Pathaan are facing backlash for showing Deepika Padukone in a saffron bikini in the song ‘Besharam Rang’. Many leaders, including from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, have demanded a ban on the film.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra had also objected to actor Deepika Padukone’s costume in the song, calling for a rectification. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) later directed the makers of Pathaan to implement changes in the movie, including its songs, in accordance with board guidelines.

As per the alleged recommendations, the censor board has asked that images of Deepika’s buttocks and sensuous dance moves be removed from the song. Apart from this, there is also a recommendation to change ‘Mrs Bharatmata’ to ‘Hamari Bharatmata’. The producers are yet to receive a certificate from CBFC.

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