Shah Rukh Khan detained at US airport; A victim of Islamic terrorism
Posted by jagoindia on August 15, 2009
SRK detained at US airport for being a Khan
Bharati Dubey, TNN 15 August 2009
MUMBAI: Superstar Shahrukh Khan was detained for about two hours early Saturday morning (around 1am IST) at Newark airport in the US because his surname featured on the most common list. The actor, who is visiting the US to attend a South Asian event where he was the guest of honour was released after Congress MP Rajiv Shukla spoke to the authorities in the US and the Indian counsulate.
The actor was detained after his name flashed on the computer. He was asked several questions about the purpose of his visit. His hand baggage was checked. He was not allowed to even make a phone call for nearly an hour.
Speaking to TOI, the actor said: “I told them I was a movie star and had recently visited the country for the shooting of my film. Nothing seemed to convince the immigration officer. There were other immigration officers who even vouched for me but this particular officer did not listen to anyone. I even told them I had an invitation from the South Asian community and was there to attend an event.’’ Shahrukh is to return to India on August 18.
Shukla, who came to the actor’s rescue condemned this act saying, “It is really not fair. Just because he has a common surname does not mean that every Muslim can be taken as a suspect or considered to be a terrorist. The Amercian authorities should adopt a methodology so that well-known names like Shahrukh Khan and APJ Abdul Kalam are not harassed like this. They should focus on getting the actual suspects.’’
Saturday, August 15, 2009
His legions of fans are still grappling with reports of Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh’s detention at Newark airport in the United States.
The actor was reportedly interrogated for over two hours after American immigration officials spotted the ‘Khan’ in his name.
Shah Rukh was on his way to Chicago to attend a function to mark India’s Independence Day when the incident took place at Newark airport.
Ironically it was a case of life imitating art for Shah Rukh whose forthcoming film My Name is Khan also has a similar plot.
In the film he plays Rizwan Khan, a Muslim in San Francisco, who is arrested and detained when authorities mistake his disability for “suspicious” behavior.
The world sees Muslims differently: Mahesh Bhatt
TNN 15 August 2009
In the wake of Shah Rukh Khan being detained at a US airport for two hours because of his ‘surname’, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says he is concerned Mahesh Bhatt with the paranoia and “Islamophobia” that has crept in post 9/11.
“The world is seeing Muslims differently,” he says.
He asks, however, “While the US has been very, very severe in scrutinizing people who land into its country, before we shout that ‘this is not done’, let us turn the light inwards this Independence Day and ask ourselves how we treat our own minorities. Whether it is Emraan Hashmi’s flat issue or Shabana Azmi’s, have we been fair to our own minority community?”
He states, “The world is looking at Muslims differently and yes, we need to dismantle this mindset.”
Actor Shah Rkh Khan was detained for over two hours at the Newark airport, New Jersey. He was questioned and released after Indian embassy officials vouched for him. He was in the US to attend Independence Day celebrations. The star, who is currently filming for My Name is Khan, underwent “humiliating” questioning even as he told authorities he was an Indian celebrity. His bodyguards were also grilled.
Several Bollywood celebs are in the US for I-Day celebrations, including Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.