The bronze statue, which might have been the primary ever Bollywood statue erected within the UK, was because of be unveiled by the Indian movie business megastars in Leicester Square subsequent spring to have a good time the 25th anniversary of their box-office smash-hit.
It would have joined Batman on a roof, Bugs Bunny rising from the bottom and Wonder Woman popping out of a wall, in addition to Harry Potter, Paddington and Mr Bean within the Scenes within the Square movie path, an interactive path of statues that includes a number of the world’s best-loved movie characters and scenes, which launched in February 2020 and is ready to proceed till 2023.
The statue was to be positioned exterior a cinema within the Square honouring the second within the film when Khan’s character Raj and Kajol’s character Simran first cross paths.
A planning utility to erect the statue was submitted to Westminster City Council on 8 October however withdrawn on 10 November.
More than 6,000 PIOs signed two petitions opposing the statue expressing anger with the Indian movie business over the circumstances of the loss of life of Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR).
The Heart of London Business Alliance (HLBA), which is funding the path and submitted the applying, informed TOI: “There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when creating a Scenes in the Square statue, not least Covid-19 which has delayed our event planning for the statue unveiling. We confirm we will resume our plans at the appropriate time.”
One petition, which garnered just below 2,000 signatures, stated there may be “insurmountable anger” towards the movie business “for not speaking up for justice for the late SSR” and “since news broke of Bollywood being involved in drugs, money laundering and other criminal activities, the anger towards Bollywood has heightened. We do not want statues of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Leicester Square.”
A second petition by India Voice (UK) has garnered greater than 4,000 signatures. On 16 November its petition replace stated: “We would like to thank each and everyone of you …who independently contacted HBLA by emailing, leaving numerous voicemails and writing to them opposing the planning permission. The outcome was a desired one of the application for the statue installation being withdrawn.”
Comments by the signatories embrace “Bollywood is destroying our culture”, “Truth needs to surface about the connection behind SSR’s demise and Bollywood” and “What have these people done for the world?”.