Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has suddenly become Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fan. The superstar has now realised that since Modi was elected by a majority, the country should support him.
“I would like to state here very clearly, when we chose a leader of our country, whoever may (it) be, as great as (Narendra) Modi, all we have to do is to support him. Our nation has chosen him with a majority, so we have to support our leader and take the country forward and not be negative,” Shah Rukh told “Aap Ki Adalat” programme to be aired by India TV on Saturday evening.
This sudden realisation has come at a time when his latest offering “Fan” opened. This overdrive by Shah Rukh Khan is perhaps a move to stem any kind of negative publicity, surrounding the much anticipated film.
Shah Rukh Khan, who has been part of the entertainment industry for over two decades now, said at an event in November last year that there was “nothing worse than religious intolerance and that it would take India to the Dark Ages”.
His remarks were criticised by many BJP leaders who even called his statement a political one in favour of the Congress party.
However Shah Rukh says he considers all political parties his friends.
“May be in politics, people might have made comments (on intolerance), but we are not politicians, we are entertainers. In a certain way, we are someone whom children look up to and think they’d like to be successful as I am. So I’ll never like to talk things, which will not be in our nation’s interest,” the actor added.
Asked by host Rajat Sharma whether there was a perception that he had friends in the Congress, who wanted to fix Modi, Shah Rukh said: “How dare I think I can fix anybody. You know me over the years, I am apolitical, though I have friends everywhere.”
Shah Rukh further clarified that his comment in the wake of the “intolerance” controversy was quoted out of context.
“I had only advised the young not to be intolerant in matters relating to regionalism, religion, caste, colour and creed. My father was one of the youngest freedom fighters. How can I think this country has not been fair to any of us? A man like me, who has got everything from this great country, I’ll be last one to complain,” he said.
“My family itself is a mini-India. My wife is Hindu, I am a Muslim by birth, and my three children follow three religions. So how can I think of my country like this?” he added.
The 50 year old actor’s last film “Dilwale” had to face an informal boycott at some places in the wake of his remarks.