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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