After getting dragged into controversy over a recent article he wrote, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has declared that he doesn’t want to speak on anything apart from his films, and definitely not on serious subjects like politics and religion.
“I’m an actor. You speak to me about my films. You want to speak about serious issues, you get some serious people – not actor and actresses,” Khan said in an interview to CNN-IBN.
Asked what his views were about the recent ban on Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam as well as the fatwa on Kashmir’s all-girl rock band, Khan quipped, “I’m an actor, I stand for freedom of expression. That’s it.”
Shah Rukh Khan’s article ‘Being a Khan’, that appeared in an Outlook-New York Times limited edition issue, created controversy after it invited remarks from Pakistan about his security in India.
While Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik, said: “the Indian government should provide security to actor Shah Rukh Khan,” Jamat-ud-Da’wah chief Hafiz Saeed had said the actor was welcome to move to Pakistan if he was being persecuted for his faith in India.
However, Khan later clarified on his article.
“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,” he said.