Breaking it's own promise Shiv Sena activists vandalised many theatres in different parts of Mumbai for screening Shahrukh Khan's My Name Is Khan. There was a general impression that the Shiv Sena would allow a problem-free screening of the movie after party supremo Bal Thackeray stated that Sena activists would not disrupt the screening. On Sunday, Thackeray had written in the party mouthpiece Saamna "Traitors, with the blessings of the Congress party, go ahead. Shiv Sena will not block you. Why our Shiv Sainiks should be beaten up and arrested?".
Interestingly the attacks on the theatres came barely an hour after Mumbai Police Commissioner D Shivanandan assured film director Karan Johar of giving full security cover to the cinemas and multiplexes in city. 12 Sena activists were taken into custody from different parts of the city. The Sena activists had broken down window panes after the advance booking for the much awaited movie started which has already got good reviews.
Shiv Sena had threatened the movie after it's leading star Shahrukh Khan had voiced his support for the Pakistani players in the IPL. Shiv Sena had asked Shahrukh to apologise for this but the actor has refused to bow down on the issue. The film fraternity has been divided on the issue with few stars coming in support of King Khan. Shahrukh will however take solace from the fact that Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have supported him on the issue.