In response to heightened security concerns, the Maharashtra state government has upgraded Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's security level to the Y+ category.
This decision follows a written complaint highlighting death threats against the actor after the remarkable success of his recent movies "Pathan" and "Jawan." The Maharashtra State Intelligence Department (SID) issued an official communication on October 5, directing police authorities to provide Y+ security to Khan immediately.
The decision emerged from a recent high-powered committee meeting that reviewed threats and security measures for the actor. As a result, the IG VIP Security has implemented Y+ security for Shah Rukh Khan, with the expenses to be privately funded by the actor himself.
The upgraded security includes six personal security officers working in three shifts round the clock, along with five armed guards stationed at Khan's residence.
Intelligence reports noted a significant increase in threats to Khan's life, particularly in light of the extraordinary success of his recent movies. A notification issued by Dilip Sawant, special IGP, VIP security, emphasised the need for enhanced security during Khan's visits and engagements. Y+ security is typically granted to individuals facing a high threat perception.
It is noteworthy that this move follows the precedent set for Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who also enjoys Y+ security due to threats posed by the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.
Shah Rukh Khan's latest film, the high-octane thriller "Jawan," achieved unprecedented success, grossing Rs 1103.27 crore worldwide. Released on September 7 in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu languages, "Jawan" directed by Atlee has made history as the first Hindi film to surpass the Rs 1100 crore mark globally.
The film's domestic and overseas earnings stood at Rs 733.37 crore and Rs 369.90 crore, respectively. Notably, "Jawan" excelled in the Hindi belt with a net collection of Rs 560.03 crore.
The film narrates the emotional journey of a man determined to rectify societal wrongs, with Shah Rukh Khan portraying the dual roles of Vikram Rathore and his son Azad.