Dilwale boycott
Thackeray has distanced himself from the "Dilwale" controversy, saying the boycott of Rohit Shetty directorial was not the official stand of the MNS.special arrangement

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday said that Shah Rukh Khan forgetting Maharashtra after becoming big is not right, referring to the boycott of SRK's "Dilwale".

However, Thackeray has distanced himself from the "Dilwale" controversy, saying  the boycott of  the Rohit Shetty directorial was not the official stand of the MNS.

The party's subsidiary outfit Chitrapat Karmachari Sena had called for a boycott of the Shah Rukh Khan movie on Monday.

"Shah Rukh Khan donated Rs 1 crore for people who have been affected by Chennai (floods) tragedy. But he has forgotten drought-hit farmers of Maharashtra. This has been condemned by the Chitrapat Sena," Thackeray said. 

Thackeray said the Chitrapat Sena was right and that Shah Rukh should understand that.

"What it (Chitrapat Sena) is saying is right. Coming to Maharashtra, becoming big, earning a name for yourself and then forgetting the state is not right. He (Shah Rukh) should understand this. Nevertheless, I want to make it clear that Chitrapat Sena's stand of boycotting the film is not an official stand of the party," Raj further said.

Chitrapat Karmachari Sena chief Amey Khopkar had appealed to people to boycott the SRK film, saying that when his help is required, the actor is "not forthcoming".

"Farmers in Maharashtra, specially in Marathwada, are reeling under drought. Khan, who has been residing in the state and has made a lot of money, has not helped farmers in distress," PTI quoted Khopkar as saying.

He added SRK, who is taking Maharashtra for granted, has ignored the plight of farmers reeling under severe drought. However, Khopkar said that they are not seeking a ban on the film and that his group is only appealing to people to boycott the SRK starrer.

Rohit Shetty directorial "Dilwale", which will see the reunion of hit screen pair Shah Rukh and Kajol, is scheduled to release on Friday, 18 December.

The film will also have Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles.