Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan 'happy and safe' in India

 

Shah Rukh Khan: "My safety has genuinely never been a matter of concern to me"

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has said he is "extremely safe and happy" in India, rebutting claims that he needs extra security.

A Pakistani minister suggested Delhi provide security after Khan wrote an account of how it felt to be a Muslim in India.

Khan said the article had been given an "unwarranted twist" and he could not understand the controversy.

Khan is one of Bollywood's biggest stars with fans all over the world.

The actor wrote in Outlook Turning Points - published by India's Outlook magazine in association with the New York Times - that sometimes he became the "inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India".

He wrote that he has been "accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation than my own country - this even though I am an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India".

Following the article, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik requested that India provide security for the actor.

India on Tuesday dismissed Mr Malik's suggestion and advised him to look after the security of Pakistani citizens.

'Irksome'

Reacting to Mr Malik's remarks, Khan told reporters: "I would like to tell all those who are offering unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy.

"We have an amazing democratic, free and secular way of life. In the environment that we live here in my country India, we have no safety issues regarding life and material. As a matter-of-fact, it is irksome for me to clarify this non-existent issue."

Khan said many people were reacting to his article without reading it.

"Ironically, the article... was actually meant to reiterate that on some occasions my being an Indian Muslim film star is misused by bigots and narrow minded people who have misplaced religious ideologies for small gains... and ironically the same has happened through this article... once again," he said.

Khan has appeared in more than 70 films, anchored TV shows and done innumerable advertisements.

He also owns the Kolkata Knight Riders team of the lucrative Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

Khan has family roots in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and has a huge fan following there too.

 

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    Comment number 56.

    And for those there is only one Islam, it is not true all. You have the sunni who are killing the Shi'a who killing other minorities. Pakistan has not achieved much in 60+ years. As a failed state please keep the comments to yourself.

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    Comment number 55.

    Dear Pakistan government,

    Rehman Malik, provide security for your own people. The minorities in your country needs it so bad. And stop being a parasite. Stop begging for money from the US. (my tax dollars)

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    Comment number 54.

    Today in USA, Jewish people feel secure and in main stream; they have used their energies/resources on strengthening secular and democratic institutions and participating in Mainstream issues. And more importantly they have used humor to strengthen secularism and defuse the divisive issues.It is mind boggling that such a hugely loved person has these feelings-Story of half full or half empty.

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    Comment number 53.

    Why on earth have we got an HYS on this topic?

    In the face of major world and home events you want us to discuss a minor celebrity unknown in Britain. And if we make any negative comment about muslims we get censored.

    Is this the BBC under Patten?

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    Comment number 52.

    There was once an land of the Sindhu. Religion broke it up into two. One was called the "republic of....." and the other "Islamic republic of .....". Guess what happened next?

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    Comment number 51.

    I have lived all my life as a minority. I have lived at many places, I am a Punjabi Hindu and have lived in Punjab too. I feel everyone has feelings, majority or minority. Minority insensitive acts, hurt the feelings of majority as well and solidifies their prejudices. Today in USA, Jewish people feel secure and in main stream; they have used their energies/resources on strengthening secular Insi-

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    Comment number 50.

    Leave him alone, he's a Muslim married to a Hindu, he gets stopped on entering the USA because of his name and gets all kind of hassle.He's not a politician so don't judge him as if he is one-and to the person who says they've never heard of Bolywood....where HAVE you been hiding?

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    Comment number 49.

    Add your comment...Also if you people have been following controvery on kamal hassan's vishwaroopam, it is likly that indian movie is reaching a new high and censor board and govt cant bare the truth shown in these films...

    Bollywood news - http://www.softwaresbyvishnu.info/movies/bollywood/

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    Comment number 48.

    Its sad to see that SRK who has achieved so much in India had to come up with such cheap comments. And look at the irony, Pakistanis talking about security LOL, when they cant provide security to their own citizens.
    @Pakistan101 - Im sure you are one of those who does not even believe that Bin Laden was killed in Pak. Pls dont wake up from the slumber keep sleeping.

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    Comment number 47.

    Calling Pakistan a failed state is absolutely absurd.

    Leave it to the Indian media/BBC to sensationalize every news about Pakistan. The Indian soldier who lost his head - what facts do you have a Pakistani soldier did that? Could it not be the Indian army who did it and blamed Pakistan to cause sensationalism.

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    Comment number 46.

    Federal and States Governments in India have rightfully avoided violent minority reactions. They have done it to save expenditures on additional security arrangements and to save damage to public and private properties. But now Indian economy is much better. They need to do what, US/UK/democracies are doing-confronting people and organizations that threaten other people's rights.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 44.

    I wish SRK had used this moment and this time and his huge platform to back Kamal Haasan and his movie - Vishwaroopam, which has been approved by India's Film Censor Board. I wish he had done that in a big way. Then, few weeks later his current speech would have had much larger impact and resonated with much larger sentiment. Kamal's suffering is also at the hands of a small noisy minority

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    Comment number 43.

    We all love Shah Rukh Khan. We are sad some of us made him feel the way he does. I am glad he told us what was bothering him and got off his chest. I thank and congratulate him for speaking up. Having said that,I feel his timing was horrible. I wish he had used this moment, this time, his platform to back Kamal Haasan and his movie-Vishwaroopam that had been approved by the Film Censor Board. Cont

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    Comment number 42.

    I have to agree with Dave..the situation for minorities in Pakistan is just crazy, where minorities even if they are falsely accused (burning of religious books for example) are killed before trial to prove their innocence. Forcefully converted and threatened if refused. Freedom of speech being refused and what not.

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    Comment number 41.

    Pakistan should take care of its own minorities. Hindus, Sikhs and Christians in Pakistan are being persecuted on a daily basis where forced conversions are part of the course

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    Comment number 40.

    so we will again have a flow of pakistan-hatred comments...Lets be clear..hindustan was divided into several countries half a century ago because of religious intolerance..which is still stand today. Besides I am not a fan of 'Hindi' moves starred by 'SR Khan'.

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    Comment number 39.

    The comment calling Shah Rukh Khan a 'mediocre actor' is a little unjustified. Mr Khan only gets himself into these controversies because he frequently, and rightly speaks up about religious prejudice (his wife is Hindu I believe). He has done a lot for religious and gender equality in India and is a campaigner for womens rights, something which in light of recent happenings is much needed.

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    Comment number 38.

    SR Khan cultivates a popular, streetwise persona (tapoori style) and it's little wonder that security services sometimes stop him at airports.

    If he matures more gracefully it might be better for him when he travels.

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    Comment number 37.

    What's this "bollywood" I keep reading about in headlines. At first I thought it was a typo, someone misspelling "hollywood" is it a production company or a place?

 

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