When Shah Rukh Khan wanted to invite Pakistani cricketers to the IPL and Shiv Sena’s Bal Thackeray warned him to block “ My name is Khan ”

When Shiv Sena threatened Shah Rukh Khan with blocking my name is Khan if he invites Pakistani cricketers to India for the IPL (Photo credit – wikimedia / Balasaheb thakre; Instagram / Shah Rukh Khan)

Bollywood films and controversies go hand in hand. In 2010, ahead of the release of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s “My Name Is Khan”, Shiv Sena founder and late politician Bal Thackeray warned the actor his film could be blocked. Read on for the scoop.

In the same year that the film was released, while bidding on IPL, SRK expressed a desire to let Pakistani cricketers be a part of the same.

Clearly it didn’t go well with Shiv Sena and the late politician Bal Thackeray who warned in a statement that Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘My Name Is Khan’ would be blocked if he didn’t apologize for his statement. on the participation of Pakistani players. of IPL.

Meanwhile, in a conversation with NDTV, SRK called the exclusion of Pakistani players during the IPL “humiliating” and said: “I think it’s actually humiliating for me as the owner. of KKR that this happened. “

Shah Rukh Khan continued, “We are known to be good, we are known to invite everyone, and we should have. And if there were any problems, they should have been put in earlier so that everything could go smoothly.

The Swades actor added, “I really believe they should have been chosen. In fact, I won’t be the one who is against what everyone is saying but I wanted Abdul Razzaq. I think it was in the papers long before the auction even started. Dada (Sourav Ganguly) was very enthusiastic.

The relationship between India and Pak deteriorated after the 2008 attack in Mumbai and although the players received NOCs from the Pakistan Cricket Board, no one chose the players at the auction.

Speaking of the concerns that team owners face in this kind of situation, Shah Rukh Khan added: “I am not giving an apology and I truly believe Pakistani players are the best T20 players in the world. They are the champions. They are wonderful. But somewhere there is a problem and we cannot deny it. There’s a problem, we can’t keep saying “Oh that was wrong”. Yeah, maybe the way it was done was wrong, the way it is done might be wrong. But you can’t keep saying Koi issue nahi hai yaar, woh aa jate (no problem, they could have come). There is a problem, let’s not deny it. Every day we blame Pakistan, every day they blame us, that’s a problem. “

Commenting on Shiv Sena’s statement about blocking his film, SRK said with racial attacks on Indian students in Australia in mind, “There is going to be a part of people who suddenly stood up and said, rightly or wrongly: not to be allowed to play ”. So here’s a bunch of people spending up to 70, 80, 90 crore rupees trying to win a tournament and suddenly even if you tell me that I’m like, ‘Uh-oh, so should I take it or shouldn’t I take it?

Shah Rukh Khan concluded: “So tomorrow, if we had known this, maybe even the Australians would not have been arrested. These issues always come to mind, the stakes are very high. “

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