The Chitrapat Karmachari Sena, which is affiliated to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, has called for a boycott of the Shah Rukh Khan movie "Dilwale", claiming that the actor failed to help farmers in the state.

"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 Chitrapat Karmachari Sena chief Amey Khopkar as saying.

He added that SRK, who is taking Maharashtra for granted, has ignored the plight of farmers reeling under severe drought, adding that when his help is required, the actor is "not forthcoming".

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.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that "Dilwale" tickets in Mumbai and Pune were sold out within hours of opening the pre-booking counter.

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.