Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s recent article on being a Muslim in Outlook Turning Point, published in association with The New York Times has been plagued by controversies.
Shah Rukh Khan said that he doesn’t understand why his article has become so controversial.
“It does not in any way construe anything. It is the most secular article and happy article. I wrote it for my kids and I said that they should read this," Shah Rukh told IANS.
The actor said that he always has stood for secularism, religious tolerance and a sense of humor but now feels that he should stick to talking about his movies and 100 Crore Club.
“It has been a good and extremely blessed life but there are certain things which I have stood for and I want people to know that. I have stood for secularism, religious tolerance, sense of humor, sports and I want people to know,” said Shah Rukh Khan.
“But when something like this happens, then I feel that maybe you are happy knowing about the Rs 100 crore club or my heroines, and that's what I will talk about,” he added.
Shah Rukh Khan said that the article is about stereotypical assumptions of what a Pathan and a Muslim should be like, which he is not.
“There are three givens for a Khan or a Pathan. One is he should be 6ft 2in tall and handsome; I am not that. The article talks about that Muslims should be like XYZ. The third one talks about if you are a celebrity, you should behave like this (in a certain way), which I don't," he said.
“I have written that in spite of all the cynicism surrounding me, I have not been touched by this cynicism because of the love I get in my country. And suddenly I get this (reaction)," he added.
Shah Rukh said he likes to write and tell people about his experiences in life with his kids, but feels he was wrong in thinking that he could do it with other people as well.
“I like to write about my experiences and tell people. When I talk about life to my children, they sit and listen to me; I think they will imbibe something like I did with my parents. And I wrongfully thought that I can do it to a lot of other people (through my story)," he said.
Shah Rukh Khan’s received strong reaction from Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who India holds responsible for it’s worst-ever terror attack, said the star could move to Pakistan.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said yesterday, "He (Shah Rukh) is born Indian and he would like to remain Indian, but I will request the government of India (to) please provide him security."
Indian Home Secretary RK Singh responded to these statements by saying, “We are quite capable of looking after the security of our own citizens... let him (Malik) worry about security of his own.”
The actor said that nowhere in article he mentioned that he felt unsafe in India. Shah Rukh Khan is upset the people have made assumptions without reading the entire article.
“I feel safe, confident and happy and that's why I wrote this. Everyone is reading a report of a report of someone, who doesn't know what I have written. Not one person has read it. It is a good article and it's funny and sweet,” Shah Rukh Khan concluded.