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Shah Rukh Khan was seen at the 2022 Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) on Thursday night. During his speech at the opening of the festival, the actor spoke about negativity that exists on social media. The timing of the speech was interesting as Shah Rukh’s upcoming film Pathaan is currently facing boycott calls on Twitter. Without mentioning Pathaan, Shah Rukh addressed the “narrow-mindedness” on social media and even challenged those with a negative attitude. Read also: Pathaansong Besharam Rang ‘shot with dirty mentality’, says MP minister

The major film festival was inaugurated in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee and several Bollywood celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Rani Mukerji. Shah Rukh gave a speech on the occasion, parts of which were shared online by the actor’s fan clubs.

In his speech at the festival, Shah Rukh pointed out the negativity on social media. “The collective stories of our time are shaped by social media. Contrary to the belief that the proliferation of social media will negatively affect cinema, I think that cinema now has an even more important role to play. Social media is often driven by a certain narrowness that limits human nature to its lower self. And it is somewhere that negativity increases the consumption of social media and therefore its commercial value. Such pursuits enclose the collective narrative and make it divisive and destructive.”

The cinema added by the actor can act as the counter-narrative to the social media negativity and in turn spread compassion. “Cinema exposes the fragility of human nature by telling stories in their simplest form as they are lived. It allows us to get to know each other better. In a sense, it is best placed to support a collective counter-narrative that speaks to the greater nature of humanity – one that highlights humanity’s immense capacity for compassion, unity and brotherhood,” he said at his address. speech.

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Finishing his speech, the actor switched to Hindi and said: “The world has become normal. We are all happy, I am the happiest. And I have no objection to stating that duniya kuch bhi kar le, main aur aap log aur jitney bhi positive log hain sab ke sab, zinda hain (me, all of you and all positive people alive).” His last ‘zinda hain’, pronounced in the style of his character from Pathaan, drew cheers from the great crowd gathered there.

Pathaan, directed by Siddharth Anand, is a spy thriller also starring Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. The controversy arose after the first song Besharam Rang was released two days ago. Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra said the song was objectionable and objected to the costumes, saying the film may not be released in the state unless it is changed. Since then, the hashtag #BoycottPathaan has been trending on the microblogging site Twitter. The film will be released in theaters on January 25, 2023.

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