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Shah Rukh to visit Patna


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Mumbai: Shah Rukh Khan, who had to cancel his Don 2 – The King Is Back promotional trip to Patna for security reasons, will reportedly visit the Bihar capital Thursday. Filmmaker Prakash Jha says he takes the responsibility of security arrangements.

Last week, (December 13) SRK had to cancel his trip to Patna at the last minute and it left thousands of his fans bitterly disappointed. Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh says the information about security threat to SRK during Patna visit came from Prakash Jha’s multiplex Cinepolis, which is part of the Patna mall owned by him.

Efforts are now on to pinpoint the personnel at Cinepolis who misinformed Shah Rukh’s entourage regarding the security arrangements.

A source close to SRK’s entourage said: “This time we can’t afford any glitches. We don’t know why we were stopped from visiting Patna last week. But Shah Rukh is very keen not to disappoint his Patna fans.”

“He’s accommodated Patna into his tight schedule and he’ll be flying down from Lucknow to Patna on Thursday. This time we aren’t taking any risks. Yes, Shah Rukh won’t be meeting his fans at Mr Prakash Jha’s mall. The venue is being changed.”

Jha is very upset with the mega-star’s aborted visit to Bihar’s capital and says he’s willing to take personal charge of the security when SRK visits Patna this week.

“I feel outraged on a personal level and as a man from Bihar who has been trying to improve Bihar’s image in Bollywood. So many stars from Mumbai, including Bachchan Saab (Amitabh Bachchan), have been to Patna. I can’t understand why the security arrangements couldn’t be good enough,” said Jha angrily.

He added that the official organisers of Shah Rukh’s visit should have given the administration more time to prepare for the visit.

“The mall takes full responsibility for Shah Rukh’s security. I’d like him to know that during his visit to Patna his safety is my responsibility,” Jha said. (IANS)


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