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Shahrukh Khan stopped at US airport for questioning

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan said he was detained for questioning Saturday at a US airport because he has a Muslim name.

Khan, known as the “King of Bollywood”, said he was questioned at Newark Airport in Newark, New Jersey, for two hours but was let go after the Indian embassy in the United States intervened.

Khan “is a Muslim name and I think the name is common on their checklist”, the 43-year-old actor told an Indian television station by telephone from Chicago.

Khan, named as one of the top 50 most influential men in the world in 2008 by US magazine Newsweek, was detained by US immigration officers early Saturday.

The immigration officers wanted to know why the actor was visiting the United States after his name popped up on the computer screen at the counter.

“I was waiting for my bags… I thought it was nice of them to take me to another room… but that was apparently a second check,” Khan said, adding: “I had my papers in order.”

“I was really taken aback,” Khan told the CNN-IBN television station.

“I did not want to say anything just in case they took everything wrong because I am little worried about Americans because they do have this issue when your name is Muslim,” he added.

US airport officials are frequently accused by human rights groups of racially profiling Muslims.

The actor, who was heading to Chicago to take part in celebrations Saturday to mark India’s Independence Day, said the incident was a “little embarrassing” for an entertainer of his stature.

India’s government reacted sharply, saying many such incidents have taken place in the United States.

“I am of the opinion that the way we are frisked — for example I too was frisked — we should also do the same to them,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters in New Delhi.

In the Indian capital, US Ambassador Timothy Roemer described Khan in a statement as a “global icon” who is a welcome guest in the United States.

“We are trying to ascertain the facts of the case — to understand what took place,” he said. AFP

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9 Comments

  1. Gaurav

    The only ones making a big deal out of this whole situation are the media itself and uneducated but not so illeterate politicians. I fully support US govt. to check frisk any person entering their land. When you visit a country the rule of that land should be obeyed humbly.
    So SRK stop behaving like a sissy and get over it. All you are doing is making yourself and this country look like a fool. And for your foolishness it’s regrettable India’s name is dragged along.
    In short STFU & GTFO.

  2. Neha

    Totally agree with Gaurav. There is a reason there hasn’t been an attack on the States after 9/11 – Security has tightened.. Maybe Indian officials need to learn from that a bit.. so we can avoid the likes of 11/26 again.

  3. INDIA

    Sharukh has shattered & RUINED INDIAS image. SHarukh is a shame for INDIA.Some of the bloodsucking negatives have done so too by burning the US flag. Sharukh – You will and must pay for shattering INDIAS image!!!

  4. mohd nadeem ahmed

    sharukh is a very good actor and he is verywell known around the world to that matter we have to take some action

  5. carmen

    Is good to be carfoul on aiport to depisteted the bed gays, but that must shall meked caruly. They don` must desturbed the good people. ovius if eny body,you and me, was trateted like a criminal sure we don`liked

  6. L.Ripunjai

    srk is well quite when compare to others but the official of foreign external minisiter should not keep quite because the same problem has been faced by other vip’s like ex-president dr.apj abdul kalam i think this issue should not repeat again again with our indians

  7. calvin

    My name is calvin and I just watched the movie my name is khan. I think we are brothers and sisters of the world. God is our way of livin life an he comes in many forms. We are no one to judge our brothers an sisters religions. I am proudly half british white and half south african indian. An I am not a terrorist. Americans are and always will be racists

  8. Chaya

    First of all, I understand America is trying to take precautions, however, that does not mean you accuse every Muslim that walks through the door. I completely understand why he was as mad as he was. This is just ridiculous! Mr. Gaurav and Neha, you need to stop preaching about something you don’t even know about. And Mr. India, don’t try to represent the whole country when you are preaching your own opinion. You are ruining India’s image just by doing that. Carmen, you shouldn’t even be commenting on this until you go back to 2nd grade and learn how to spell. I’m a Freshmen in High School and I am more educated than that. Calvin, I totally agree you seem like the only one that has brains on this wall. I agree, the movie was a big hit, I have seen it, and love the message 100%!!!

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