After a four-year delay, Shah Rukh Khan’s new film “Pathaan” was released on Wednesday, after facing immense opposition from Hindu nationalists.

Shah Rukh Khan’s highly anticipated film “Pathaan” was released just one day before India’s Republic Day after facing immense resistance from hardline Hindi groups in certain parts of India. Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham starred in this movie.

Indian activists were angered by Deepika Padukone appearing in a saffron-colored suit in a song in the film. This color is considered sacred in Hinduism, so some Hindu nationalists boycotted the film and protested in different cities to ban the release of the film.

A group of young Hindus protested against Khan’s film, setting fire to the posters in the Deepprabha cinema hall and chanting “film chalega, hall jalega (film plays, hall will burn).

“Hindutva cannot be compromised. Anything that opposes Sanatan culture will not be tolerated in Bhagalpur in other parts of India,” the Bajrang Dal members said, according to the Indian Express.

Other films, such as Aamir Khan’s “Laal Singh Chaddha” and Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra of Ranbir, had been opposed by right-wing Hindu activists in recent years.

Despite much opposition, “Pathaan” was shown in theaters in certain parts of India. NDTV, a New Delhi-based media company, has stated that some 500,000 tickets were sold out on the first day of the premiere.

Shah Rukh Khan, also known as the “King”, has been one of the iconic figures in Indian cinema for the last thirty years. Khan appeared in a new movie after four years.

Shah Rukh Khan’s latest mega movie “Safar” was released in 2018 and became overwhelmingly popular in India and beyond.

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