In an interview with Outlook Turning Point magazine ,King Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan has created a controversy by stating that his ‘being Muslim’ ,post 9/11, has made him a target of few political leaders and that rallies have been held in the past where he has been asked to leave his home and return to his original homeland, indicating Pakistan.He also mentioned such issues forced him to make the movie ‘My Name Is Khan(and I’m not a terrorist)’.
The controversy fueled up when Pakistan’s,Interior Minister,Rehman Malik stated that India should give security to Shah Rukh Khan while, Hafiz Saeed,India’s most wanted terrorist for Mumbai 2008 terror attack , stated Shah Rukh Khan can very well come and live in Pakistan and that he would make all the arrangements .
Look who is talking ? Should Mr Malik rather not sort out his country’s security issues where bomb blasts are a daily business before asking India to give security to Shah Rukh ? And is Hafiz Saeed,a terrorist, also a Pakistani Minister to offer people relocation assistance in Pakistan ?
Well, is it not astonishing to hear Shah Rukh Khan complain ? Is he not the actor who tops the charts of Bollywood Heroes since over a decade now (thanks to his fans ,majority of whom are logically non-Muslims)? Do his fans give a second thought about whom he prays before being his mad fans ? When has he been questioned for being a Muslim , in India(American airport is not in India where he was held) ? And whenever and if ever he has been targeted by political parties for ‘being Muslim’ ,is he the only Bollywood Star who has been targeted for political mileage (publicity stunt)? Even Amitabh Bachchan has been targeted for being a North Indian .
There is no denying that artists have been soft targets for Indian Political Leaders but this is not restricted to any religion or caste. This happened to Salman Rushdie,Ashis Nandy,Deepa Mehta,Tasleema Nasreen, Amitabh and Aamir and so many more. Is he the only one who has been targeted ? Then why making a fuss about it ? Bollywood actors have been respected by the Indian society regardless what religion they follow and what caste they belong to and Shah Rukh Khan himself is one of the biggest example of such respect and love.
Shah Rukh Khan – being muslim controversy
The Megastar of South India, Rajinikanth’s first release in two years and also his comeback project post his illness, ‘Kochadaiyaan’, will now be delayed to avoid box-office clash with Bollywood films of SRK-Yah Kahan Agaye Hum’ and Ajay Devgn’s ‘Son of Sardar’, both due to be released coming Diwali.
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Well, his South Indian and overseas market would never be effected by any Bollywood Biggies but as his movie is also catering to Bollywood audience where Shah Rukh Khan stands as a big crowd puller, probably, Rajini Sir would have postponed his movie release.
Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister, Science and Technology and also the president of Maharashtra Cricket Association had visited Kolkata along with the Prime Minister. Mamata Banerjee (didi), utilized the opportunity to ask him to reconsider West Bengal’s brand ambassador and Kolkata Knight Rider Team co-owner, Shah Rukh Khan’s ban from entering Wankhade stadium(which is under MCA) for 5 years. Well, SRK deserves such favors from didi not only because he is the brand ambassador for the state but also because his KKR team won the IPL cup for the city 😉 !
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On 16th May 2012, Wankhede Stadium of Mumbai saw Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood King and Knight Rider Owner,using abusive languages at the ground officials after which he has been banned to enter the stadium, for life. Now what exactly happened on the ground is known only to Shah Rukh and the Officials but the both parties have different versions :
While Shah Rukh Khan’s version is that he ended up into a brawl with the MCA officials when he noticed his children being manhandled physically in the name of security and that he was not at all drunk. Shah Rukh has been banned to enter the Wankhede Stadium of Mumbai by the Maharashtra Cricket Association, on the other hand. The MCA officials have a different story altogether where they said Shah Rukh Khan, who was drunk, wanted to enter the playground which is not allowed to non-players and when the officials tried to stop him, he hurled abuses at them resulting which the brawl took place.
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Smoking publicly is banned in Rajasthan since 2000 under the Rajasthan Prevention of Smoking Act. However, Bollywood ‘Badhshah’ and owner IPL Team- Kolkata Knight Riders,Shah Rukh Khan was smoking publicly in front of thousands of spectators.on the ground and on Television, while watching the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8th at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium , Jaipur.
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