Bhubaneswar: Hockey India president Mohammed Mushtaque Ahmad has appealed the Kalinga Sena, a fringe outfit in Odisha, to withdraw its threat of throwing ink on actor Shah Rukh Khan during his visit to the state for inauguration ceremony of the Men’s Hockey World Cup.
In a letter, Ahmad said, “Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most popular actors of India and is widely known in the hockey community for his support for hockey and movie Chak de India and because of this he has been invited to attend the Opening Ceremony.”
Throwing ink on someone who has been invited as a guest shall bring a bad name to India and will show Odisha in very poor light in front of all international guests including teams, he said, requesting the outfit to withdraw its protest towards the actor.
Notably, the Kalinga Sena had threatened to throw ink on Khan’s face for allegedly distorting history in his film ‘Asoka’ which was released 17 years ago. It also threatened to show him black flags on his arrival.
Hemant Rath, the chief of the outfit, demanded an apology from Shah Rukh for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Odisha people in ‘Asoka’. The outfit alleged that the film dishonoured the state’s culture and its people by portraying the Kalinga War in a wrong manner.