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SRK's bungalow protest: Mumbai police heightens security outside Mannat. Here's what happened

Protesters outside SRK's house demand end to celebrity endorsement of online gaming apps, claiming they mislead the youth.

Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan's Zinda Banda song (Screengrab from YouTube/T-Series)Premium
Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan's Zinda Banda song (Screengrab from YouTube/T-Series)

The Mumbai police heightened security outside Shah Rukh Khan's bungalow Mannat after protestors gathered outside his residence on 26 August. As per media reports, group of people were protesting over the superstar's endorsment for online gaming apps. Around four to five people from Untouch Youth Foundation were detained by the police on 27 August, a report by Free Press Journal said.

The protestors told the daily that these apps misguide and corrupt the youth and also urged that celebrities should not endorse such ads which lead to societal misguidance.

Krishchandra Adal, President, Untouch India Foundation told the daily that Junglee rummy is played by the younger generation, further adding he said that the Bollywood celebs are deceiving them by promoting online games while the authorities arrest people who are playing Junglee rummy or gambling outside. As per the report, he also said that apart from SRK, they also oppose other actors including Ajay Devgn, Rakul Preet Singh, Prakash Raj, Annu Kapoor, Rana Daggubati, and cricketers. “We wanted to protest outside the houses of these stars as well, but the police detained us," he said as quoted by FPJ. The Foundation also said that they will also be holding protest against Junglee Rummy, Zupee, etc.

“The new generation is involved in playing Junglee rummy. If someone is playing Junglee rummy or gambling outside, the police arrest them, but big Bollywood stars promoting online games are misleading the young generation. The Bollywood stars also know it is wrong, but they are getting money so they are promoting them," he said as quoted by FPJ.

“We make these stars famous by watching their movies and spending our money on them. We demand these advertisements to stop. These apps are illegal, we can not find them on Google, but these apps are uploaded on private web sites," he added as quoted by the daily.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the government warned media, social media platforms and related parties against enabling and carrying advertisements run by online real-money gaming (RMG) firms.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) warned of “appropriate actions" under “various statutes" in case these platforms fail to follow its advisory. The ministry, through this move, aims to prevent both direct and surrogate advertising of games that may qualify as betting or gambling.

“Advertisements of gambling or betting platforms not only pose significant financial and socioeconomic risk for the consumers, especially (the) youth and children, but have linkages to money laundering networks, thereby threatening the financial security of the country," the advisory issued on Friday read.

Coming back to SRK, his upcoming film Jawan is set to hit theatres on 7 September which will be relased in in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Helmed by Atlee, ‘Jawan’ stars Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi and Sanya Malhotra in pivotal roles. It is produced by Gauri Khan and co-produced by Gaurav Gupta under the production banner Red Chillies Entertainment. The much awaited movie dropped a new song teaser "Not Ramaiya Vastvaiya". It has so far released a 'prevue', a two-minute clip that provided first glimpse of the movie, as well as two songs "Zinda Banda" and "Chaleya".

In the film, it is seen Shah Rukh sports multiple looks, including the one in which his face is almost covered with bandages, a clean shave, his face half-covered with a grey mask and a bald look. Apart from Jawan, SRK will also be seen in director Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming film ‘Dunki’ opposite Taapsee Pannu.

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Published: 27 Aug 2023, 02:57 PM IST
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