Shah Rukh Khan gets emotional, says why force me to reiterate my 'patriotism'
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He said the whole issue "has taken an unwarranted twist. I do not even understand the basis of this controversy".
According to him, the article he wrote was "actually meant to reiterate that some occasions might being an Indian Muslim filmstar is misused by bigot and narrow-minded people who have misplaced religious ideologies for small gains", and ironically the same has happened through this article once again.
"I think some people not even read and are reacting to comments of people who in turn have also not read it. So I implore you all to first read it", the actor said.
Shah Rukh said he has written the article for a weekly English magazine. Shah Rukh said the article penned by him did not state or imply that he felt unsafe, troubled or disturbed in the country.
"It (article) does not even vaguely say that I am ungrateful for the love I have received in a career spanning 20 years. On the contrary, the article says that in spite of the bigoted thoughts of some of the people that surround us, I am untouched by sceptics because of the love I have received from my countrymen and women," he said.
Looking perplexed at the frequent questions of reporters, the actor said, "I have already given the statement to you...I think that should satisfy your doubts".
On the controversy, he said, "Some of the views I have been made to read are just an extension of soft-targeting celebrities and creating an atmosphere of emotional outburst and divisiveness based on religion in the minds of some. Let not be misled by tool which use religion as an anchor for unrest and the policy of divide and rule".
"I would also like to add that my profession as an actor makes me liked beyond the borders of my nation and culture.... We all are educated and patriotic people... We do not have to prove time and again the cause of divisive politics of a few," the actor said.