No publicity is bad publicity. Shahrukh Khan and Kajol were busy promoting their latest offering My Name is Khan abroad. What about its promotion back home? They don"t have to worry because the political outfits live Shiv Sena, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal have taken care of its publicity in India.
In fact, the lead pair Shahrukh and Kajol, for that matter even the maker of the film Karan Johar, just can"t openly promote their film, as the political outfits have made a big issue out of Shahrukh"s comment on the inclusion of Pakistan cricketers in IPL and his stand that 'Mumbai is for all Indians". But the public is having enough of the film through the outcry of the Shiv Sena, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal.
Even as the Shiv Sena has softened its stand on banning the release of My Name is Khan in Mumbai with its chief Bal Thackeray stating that his party would not disrupt the release of the film, VHP has made sure that its promotion continues by calling for a nation-wide boycott. The Orrisa unit of the Bajrang Dal to have joined the dirty waters by calling for a nation-wide ban of the film.
However, the public and political parties including the Congress and the BJP are behind Shahrukh Khan. The Mumbai police have also assured full protection to the theatres screening the film in Mumbai and over thousand Shiv Sena activists have been arrested in Mumbai for violent protest.
So, it looks like the efforts of the political outfits will turn into just publicity material for My Name is Khan, which is releasing this Friday (February 12).