Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday said that whatever happens surrounding people like him, they will stay positive.
The comments came in the midst of a row over a song in his upcoming film Pathaan.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion of the inauguration of the Kolkata International Film Festival, Khan said, “Hamare jaise positive log zinda hai (We are positive and alive).” This is seen as a response to the criticism of his upcoming film.
Protests have been staged in various parts of the country alleging a community has been offended by the content of the song Besharam Rang in the yet to be released movie Pathaan.
Khan also said in his speech, “Cinema brings to the fore humanity’s immense capacity for compassion, unity and brotherhood.”
“Cinema is the best place to sustain a counter-narrative that speaks to the larger nature of humankind,” Khan, the guest of honour at KIFF, said.
Speking on the ocassion Icon Amitabh Bachchan said, “Even now, questions are being raised on civil liberties and freedom of expression”
#WATCH | “Even now, questions are being raised on civil liberties and freedom of expression”: Amitabh Bachchan at the 28th Kolkata International Film Festival pic.twitter.com/ycBY5LhRP2
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Although not officially, but from Bengal, we will raise this demand to honour Amitabh Bacchan with the Bharat Ratna award for his contribution to Indian cinema for such a long time, CM Mamata Banerjee at the inaugural ceremony of the 28th Kolkata International Film festival was quoted as saying by ANI