Don't understand the controversy over my article: Shah Rukh Khan

Simantini Dey

Jan,30 2013 08:00 52 IST

Mumbai: At the unveiling ceremony of TOIFA (Times Of India Films Awards), actor Shah Rukh Khan finally broke his silence over the article that he had written in Outlook Turning Points, and said that he has no safety issues regarding his life in India.

SRK said that it is indeed irksome for him to clarify on an issue which infact is nonexistent. " I would like to tell all those who are offering me unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy. We have an amazing democracy, free and secular way of life."

A few days back, Jamat-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief and Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Mohammed Saeed had some ‘friendly advise’ for Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Saeed had asked Shah Rukh Khan to come to Pakistan if he feels insecure in India. “Shah Rukh will be welcome here,” Hafiz Saeed told a Pakistani Television channel in an interview.


Shah Rukh Khan holds a trophy during a function to announce new Times Of India Film Awards (TOIFA) Bollywood awards in Mumbai. PTI

Shah Rukh further went on to clarify on the article that he had himself written in Outlook Turning Points, he said " To address this whole issue, with regards to my article in the magazine that has taken an unwarranted twist. I do not even understand the basis of this controversy."

"Ironically the article I wrote (yes it is 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" he said.

Shah Rukh said, if one reads the article, nowhere does it imply directly or indirectly that he feels unsafe, troubled or disturbed in India. It does not vaguely say that he is ungrateful for the love he received. On the contrary, the article only says that in spite of bigoted thoughts of some people, he is untouched by skepticism because of the love he receives from his countrymen.