Shahrukh Khan: I am made a symbol of all that is unpatriotic about Muslims in India

Shahrukh Khan: I am made a symbol of all that is unpatriotic about Muslims in India

SRK bares it all on what it means to be a Muslim in the post-9/11 world

Shahrukh Khan says how he became an “inadvertent object of political leaders” in his interview to Outlook Turning Points magazine, published in association with The New York Times newspaper. Titled Being a Khan, the write-up appears in the current issue of the magazine and the 47-year-old actor, one of the few Indian actors with international recognition, writes: “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.”

“There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland,” added the superstar of Hindi cinema.

SRK is married to Gauri, a Hindu, and has two children – Aryan and Suhana. “I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-India and pan-religious) ones – Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can’t really escape it.”

“I pronounce it with my epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquire. I imagine this will prevent my offspring from receiving unwarranted eviction orders or random fatwas in the future,” he wrote.

He said he became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist, “who co-incidentally carries the same name as mine that I made a film subtly titled My Name Is Khan (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point.”

Set in the post 9/11 US, My Name Is Khan focuses on religious and national identities through Rizwan (SRK), who has Asperger’s syndrome, and how his Khan identity becomes all important in a suspicious America.

“Ironically, I was interrogated at the airport for hours about my last name when I was going to promote the film in America for the first time,” said SRK.


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  • cindyd

    In my opinion…an American, who admires Mr Khan for both his acting and upstanding character, the politicians who use his name only do so to get the ear of the people they hope will support them. ITt is an abuse. I hope he knows he i, yes, enjoyed as an actor but even moreso, respected as a person of good character.

  • Anne

    I think he’s an amazing actor and human and that’s what he should be recognized for. Not because of his surname. Americans (esp) need to look beyond these things.

  • harman

    srk is the best in the world

  • harman

    srk is the my best actor in the world

  • kashmir

    with his overconfidence, he used to make fun of famous film colleagues in award shows. He used to degrade Amitabh Bachhan, sanjay leela, Abhishek B, Ritik Roshan and others and he is now taking fruit of his karma. I am happy he is cornered now.