Saturday, August 15, 2009

Shah Rukh ‘Khan’ grilled at New York airport

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was detained early on Saturday at the New York airport in the US for as long as two hours. Thanks to his surname ‘Khan’ that features on the alert list after the 9/11 attacks. Shah Rukh is on a visit to the US to attend an Indian Independence Day event as the guest of honour.

The actor was detained after his name flashed on the computer. King Khan was asked several questions about the purpose of his visit. His luggage was checked and he was not even allowed to make a single phone call for about an hour. He was finally released after intervention from Congress MP Rajiv Shukla, who spoke to the authorities in the US.

“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,”said SRK.

This episode comes at a time when SRK is wrapping up Karan Johar’s ‘My Name Is Khan’, a film that touches upon the same issue- that of the minority being targeted for no fault of theirs only because of suspicion and no solid proof.

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