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 Devanagari.
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.