Mumbai, Feb 11: A day ahead of the release of Shahrukh Khan's new film My Name is Khan, the situation in Maharashtra's capital seems to be getting more vile.
While social activists took to streets protesting against Shiv Sena's threat to the release of the Bollywood film, theaters and multiplexes are bowing to Sena threat and backing out from releasing the film.
The Shiv Sena Bhawan on Thursday, Feb 11 turned into a battleground when pro-SRK activists and Sena activists clashed prompting the police into action.
Social activists staged a massive protest and shouted slogans outside the Sena Bhawan demanding a smooth release of the film. The protesters were taken into preventive custody and were later released.
According to a Zee News report, the social activists were led by the famous journalist and activist Teesta Setalvad.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai police arrested 295 Shiv Sena activists as the Bal Thackeray-led party reiterated the threat to the Shahrukh Khan starrer movie. Over 1,600 Sainiks have already been arrested.
Even as the police stepped up security across the city to thwart any threat to the theaters screening the film, multiplexes such as Fun, Adlabs have reportedly backed out from releasing the film on Friday, Feb 12.
The raging spat started when Sena took offence to the Bollywood superstar favouring the participation of Pakistan cricketers in the Indian Premier League (IPL).