Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in middle of neighbourhood spat over his religion

Published: February 1, 2013

VANCOUVER DESI

Shah Rukh Khan TOIFA

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan gestures as he holds a trophy during a function to announce the new Times of India Film Awards in Mumbai, India on Jan. 29, 2013. Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images

Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan, who will lead a bevy of Indian stars at the Times of India Film Awards event in Vancouver, is in the middle of a neighbourhood spat between India and Pakistan.

And Khan is attempting to put an end to the controversy.

Khan, in an interview to Outlook Turning Points magazine, which is published in association with the New York Times, had talked about being a Muslim in India, following which Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed said the actor was welcome to stay in Pakistan if he felt “insecure” in India.

Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik added that India should provide security to the actor, prompting a rebuke from Indian home secretary RK Singh: ”We are quite capable of looking after the security of our own citizens … let him (Malik) worry about the security of his own,” Singh said.

India’s political class joined Singh in slamming Malik. Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said there was no need for Malik to “meddle in our internal affairs.”

The annoyed actor said in a statement: “Being an Indian is an unconditional accepted truth of my life . . . I do not even understand the basis of this controversy… Nowhere does the article state or imply that I feel unsafe, troubled or disturbed in India … I would like to tell all those who are offering me unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy.

“Ironically the article I wrote (yes, it’s written by me) 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.”

Khan, also known by nicknames King Khan and SRK, launched the Times of India Film Awards in India recently, following an announcement of the awards in Canada that included Chitrangada Singh, and called himself very fortunate to be a part of the ceremony.

“I feel very fortunate to be here. It is a fantastic platform. It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of it,” he told the media at a press conference in Mumbai.

The awards will be held from April 4-6 in Vancouver, Canada and will be hosted by Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Talking about the award ceremony, Shah Rukh said it stands for class, goodness and honesty.

“There are so many award functions today but TOIFA stands for goodness, honesty and class. These will help us respect and understand awards,” he said.

Ace choreographer Shiamak Davar is also a part of the project. He and Shah Rukh will be making plans soon for the ceremony.

– With files from IANS and wires


Tags: , , , , ,





Featured

PNG_0920N_BARINDER_RASODE_MAYORAL_ANNOUNCEMENT_218072244

Q & A: Surrey mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode discusses upcoming campaign trail

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI After months of speculation, Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode finally confirmed her bid for mayor in the upcoming election at a…
Continue Reading »

PNG_0920N_BARINDER_RASODE_MAYORAL_ANNOUNCEMENT_218072376

Barinder Rasode takes aim at crime as she officially announces her bid for Surrey’s mayor

  LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI After months of speculation, Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode finally confirmed her bid for mayor in the upcoming election at…
Continue Reading »

Sunday September 19 Vancouver Stanley Park

Gear up for the annual Ismaili Walk at Stanley Park this Sunday

VANCOUVER DESI The 23rd annual Ismaili Walk, which fundraises to improve the lives of local women and children, will take place Sunday in Stanley Park….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Oliver urges weaker G20 economies to follow Canadian stimulus model

THE CANADIAN PRESS SYDNEY, Australia — Different economic situations require different approaches to meeting the G20′s economic targets, Canada’s finance minister said Sunday as he…
Continue Reading »

PNG_0920N_BARINDER_RASODE_MAYORAL_ANNOUNCEMENT_218072244

Q & A: Surrey mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode discusses upcoming campaign trail

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI After months of speculation, Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode finally confirmed her bid for mayor in the upcoming election at a…
Continue Reading »

PNG_0920N_BARINDER_RASODE_MAYORAL_ANNOUNCEMENT_218072376

Barinder Rasode takes aim at crime as she officially announces her bid for Surrey’s mayor

  LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI After months of speculation, Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode finally confirmed her bid for mayor in the upcoming election at…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

DEPORTED-PAKISTAN

Rally held in Saskatoon in support of 65-year-old woman deported to Pakistan

THE CANADIAN PRESS SASKATOON — Supporters of a 65-year-old woman who was deported to her native Pakistan earlier this week have held a rally at…
Continue Reading »

Designers-entertainment

Fashion over the years in Bollywood

IMROZ MAUR VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood and Fashion go hand in hand; there is no Bollywood without fashion and there is no fashion without Bollywood. They…
Continue Reading »

fried rat in food

Customer finds fried rat mixed in pakoras at Indian railway snack kiosk

VANCOUVER DESI A snack kiosk at a railway station in Western India has been closed down after a customer found a fried rat mixed in…
Continue Reading »

Vancouver-soccer

‘This isn’t lingerie football’: Vancouver Whitecaps video taken down (w/video)

DAN FUMANO VANCOUVER DESI After some fans and Internet commenters cried foul on a new online video promoting the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team, club management…
Continue Reading »

Change

Iran sentences ‘Happy’ dancing youths to six months jail, 91 lashes

IANS Tehran – A group of Iranian youths, who released a video on YouTube dancing to the popular song “Happy” by American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams,…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone: Respect us as women off-screen

IANS Mumbai – Deepika Padukone says she has an issue when people “propagate objectification of a real person and not a character being played” and…
Continue Reading »

Parineeti Chopra-Aditya Roy Kapur

Daawat-e-Ishq: Habib Faisal missed the plot

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Film: “Daawat-e-Ishq”; Cast: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Anupam Kher; Director: Habib Faisal: Rating: ** There are two different films…
Continue Reading »

Vinay Virmani

A fun ride with Dr. Cabbie

Q&A: Canadian actor Vinay Virmani’s new movie continues his examination of South Asian immigrant experience ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI Toronto-born actor and writer Vinay Virmani…
Continue Reading »