A distributor of Raees has claimed that he has been receiving
threat letters from Shiv Sena's Chhattisgarh wing over the release
of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan's forthcoming action crime
thriller Raees. The film also features Pakistani actress Mahira
Khan in the lead role.
The letter, which is not addressed to any specific person, warns
distributors to oppose the film's release. When IANS contacted the
Delhi-based distributor Joginder Mahajan, he said none of the
northern region distributors had received such a letter so far.
Mumbai-based distributor Akshaye Rathi tagged Shiv Sena
President Uddhav Thackeray's son and Yuva Sena Chief Aditya
Thackeray and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Twitter,
and posted a snapshot of the letter, which has been written in
In a series of Twitter posts, Rathi wrote, "Dear Aditya
Thackeray, we have received this threat letter from your
Chhattisgarh unit against playing Shahrukh Khan's Raees. Do you
endorse it?" and "Dear Raman Singh and Abhishek Singh, please look
into this to let law and order prevail in Chhattisgarh. Raees."
The distributor even urged Shahrukh's fans to help him bring the
issue to light. "Request all Shahrukh Khan fans to help me bring
this to the notice of Aditya Thackeray. I'm sure he will take
action against this nuisance. Raees," he wrote.
Also, Joginder Mahajan added, "If a film has been cleared for
release, then nobody can stop it. Raees will release on January 25.
Nobody in our region has received any kind of threat from anyone," Mahajan told IANS.