The ‘King of hearts’ recently became the ‘King of words’ as his latest speech is winning hearts over the internet. SRK’s much-anticipated film Pathaan is all set to release next month but sadly the negativity around the film refuses to slow down. However, Badshah was seen at ease at a recent event in Kolkata.
Following the backlash, a lot of protests, and boycott calls for the film Pathaan,’ the lead actor of the movie Shah Rukh Khan opened up against cyber abuse and the cancellation culture that has developed in its wake on Thursday.
Initiating his speech, Shah Rukh first addressed the gathering in Bengali and referred to veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan as the “son-in-law” of the city. He said,
“Firstly, it’s great to be in Kolkata; it’s great to see Didi, Dada, the beloved son-in-law of Kolkata, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya aunty here. We haven’t met for a long time. I am so happy to see my dear Rani… But I am most excited to see you all I haven’t been here for a couple of years.”
“The collective narrative of our times is shaped by social media. Contrary to the belief that social media will affect cinema negatively, I believe cinema has an even more important role to play now,”
he said at the opening of the 28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).
“Social media is often driven by a certain narrowness of view that limits human nature to its baser self. I read somewhere that negativity increases social media consumption and thereby increases its commercial value. such pursuits enclose the collective narrative, making it divisive and destructive,”
Mr. Khan said.
“We haven’t been able to meet for a while, but the world is becoming normal now. We are all happy, and I am the happiest. And I have no qualms in saying that no matter what the world does, I and you, and all positive people in the world are alive
In his speech, Khan said,
“Cinema brings humanity’s immense capacity for compassion, unity, and brotherhood to the fore.”
“Cinema is the best place to sustain a counter-narrative that speaks to the larger nature of humankind
Khan concluded, the guest of honor at KIFF.
He also described cinema as a vehicle
“for people of different colors, castes, and religions to understand each other better”
The statements were given amid right-wing social media users attacking his upcoming release, ‘Pathaan,
This is the second Boycott campaign following Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha,’ which was released in august this year.
Moreover, Narottam Mishra, the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh home minister, has threatened to ban the film’s release in the state because, among other things, he believes the songs in the movie display a “contaminated mindset.”
There has been a lot of criticism of the film “Pathaan” because of an accusation that Deepika Padukone wears an orange dress in the song “Besharam Rang” that resembles the saffron that is sacred in Hinduism and is the primary color of the BJP.
Let’s see if these campaigns impact the box office c