The dust has settled.The roar of the Shiv Sainiks fell silent.And the applause for the Shahrukh Khan starrer My Name is Khan is getting louder and louder with every day in cinema theaters across India.
But what a master stoke the Badshah of Bollywood played days before the release of his much-talked about film My name is Khan.After not much success with an apparent publicity stunt in the United States when he was detained for some mandatory security check-ups a few months back, Shahrukh Khan has timed his masterstroke for publicity of his latest film perfectly this time around.
His pain at the omission of Pakistan players from the current season of the IPL tournament may not be genuine. Though his statement might sound like a sporting one. Perhaps it was a well-thought out strategy to garner some public support and in the process some valuable publicity for his film. Mr.Khan clearly knew that his statement would yield strong protests from the Shiv Sena which was in desperate need of issues after their flop show against AICC General secretary Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Mumbai,and other right wing parties and despite that he took the risk of taking the side of the Pakistan players. But one would ask how his comment in support of the Pakistan players’ participation in the IPL is linked with the publicity of his film My name is Khan?
Shahrukh plays an Indian Muslim suffering with autism in the film. He tries to convince the American people and particularly the US president that not every muslim must be treated and seen as a terrorist post 9/11 in that country. So quite clearly he is advocating the cause of the muslim population,liberal that is, in the film.
When he condemned the omission of Pakistan players from the IPL tournament, his comment was in line with his character in the film. He was just tried to show everyone that not in the reel life; in real life too he is playing advocate to the liberal muslims. If he was so pained at the non-inclusion of Pakistan players from the current season of the IPL, why his own team Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t buy any of the Pakistan players? By not even clarifying his team’s stand on the Pakistani Players, he just tried to garner as much as sympathy and support as possible before the relase of his film.
As publicity has taken a new meaning with actors even don’t mind donning the barber’s robe, Shahrukh Khan’s advocacy in favour of the Pakistan players was just another way of publicity stunt.