Shahrukh Khan spoke up about the controversy surrounding his article in Outlook Turning Points magazine. In the article, the actor had written “I sometimes become 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. There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland”.
This started a series of remarks especially from leaders across the border who felt that Shahrukh doesn’t feel safe in his country. First Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed advised the actor to move to Pakistan and then Pakistan’s interior Minister Rehman Malik asked the government of India to provide security to Shahrukh.
Speaking on the matter, Shahrukh said that he never said that he does not feel safe in his own country. He also said that his article has been misinterpreted “Ironically the article I wrote 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. The reason for this primarily is…I think some of the people have not even read it and are reacting to comments of people, who in turn have also not read it. So I implore you all to first read it. Second if you read it, nowhere does the article state or imply directly or indirectly that I feel unsafe…troubled or disturbed in India. It does not even vaguely say that I am ungrateful for the love that I have received in a career spanning 20 years. On the contrary the article only says that in spite of bigoted thoughts of some of the people that surround us…I am untouched by skepticism because of the love I have received by my countrymen and women”, he concluded.
We hope SRK’s statement puts and end to this controversy!