Shahrukh Khan reveals agony for ‘Being a Khan’
By Sayed Jawad - Sat Jan 26 2013, 3:49 pm
In an article to Outlook Turning Points magazine, published in association with The New York Times newspaper titled “Being a Khan”, SRK said that many politicians asked him to go back to his native homeland: Pakistan, after 9/11 incident.
“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 (Pakistan) 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.”
“I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-India and pan-religious) ones – Aryan and Suhana,” Shahrukh Khan said.
“The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can’t really escape it.”
Shahruk Khan also added that he pronounced names of his children with his epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquired.
“I imagine this will prevent my offspring from receiving unwarranted eviction orders or random fatwas in the future,” said Khan
SRK also said that 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 titiled ‘My Name is Khan’ (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point.”
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.