Jaipur: In yet another protest against a Bollywood film, the morning shows of "Tiger Zinda Hai", a Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starred film, had to be stopped in many cinema halls across Rajasthan after members of the Valmiki community raised slogans, tore and burnt posters of the film over the alleged use of a pejorative word by Salman during a promotional event.
The protests started from Ajmer and soon reached Jaipur and Kota, leading to cancellation of the morning shows in several cinema halls of the film that released nationwide on Friday.
According to information, the Valmiki community is aggrieved due to the alleged use of pejorative language by Salman Khan, and by Shilpa Shetty earlier.
The police remanded several people in custody.
The protesters alleged that Salman had insulted the Valmiki community by using "cheap language".
The video of Salman, uttering the pejorative words has gone viral, and triggered tension in Ajmer.
In an old video that has surfaced online again, Salman Khan is on a chat show with Katrina Kaif. When quizzed about the choreography of a certain song, Salman says that if he doesn't feel the steps shall suit him or he will look doing those, the A-lister simply refuses to do them. Drawing parallels between his inability to do a dance step to one of the backward castes in India, Khan has offended the Valmiki Samaj. "I look like a Bhangi doing this step," the Ready actor said as can be seen in the video.
@jigneshmevani80 manniy jigneshmevani vinati thi janavavanu k bollywood actor Salman Khan ane shilpa shety amari samagr valmiki samaj upar "bhangi" sabad no prayog kari amari samagr bharat ni valmiki samaj ni bhavanane thesh pohachadi che te badal ap sakht pagala leva vinati pic.twitter.com/PlTRJgP3hq
— Yogesh Solanki (@YogeshS32564519) December 21, 2017
The second clip shows Shilpa Shetty interacting with a media personnel. When the Shut Up and Bounce diva is quizzed about her look when she is at home, she starts off saying, "I look like a Bhangi..."
Shilpa Shetty ne SC caust ka ek galt word bhangi bola jo ki Valmiki samaj ki feelings Ko hurts karta hai aur Jo ki kanoni tora par Galt hai pic.twitter.com/gGR4aBJhL1
— Tilak kundelwal (@Tilak99492388) December 21, 2017
The aggrieved protesters in large numbers reached Mridang Theatre late on Thursday night and tore up the film posters and many also set ablaze the actor's posters.
They also warned cinema hall owners to stop screening the movie or else they will have to pay a big price, sources confirmed.
The movie has been directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and comes as a sequel to Kabir Khan's blockbuster "Ek Tha Tiger".