As his film ‘My Name Is Khan’ readies for release on Friday amid unprecedented security in Mumbai theatres, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Twitter Facebook Share Email Print Save Comment Khan prays for peace and says his integrity is “non-negotiable.”
Meanwhile, cinemas, including multiplexes and single halls, in 47 cities across Maharashtra have cancelled the screening of ‘My Name is Khan’ bowing to Shiv Sena’s threat.
Shah Rukh, who is currently in Berlin for the premiere of the film along with co-star Kajol and director Karan Johar, had earlier said that he owes everything to Mumbai, loves “my country India, my family and freedom” and hates “anyone or anything that threatens my country.”
The 44-year-old is disturbed by talks that the issue is a mere publicity stunt.
“I want to enjoy my film everywhere. I want to enjoy it within myself and to sickos who think this is for publicity..2 words Shut up!” he said.
Shah Rukh wants to close the matter and says: “Anyone asks me about this issue anymore…they can read my Tweets. Now what happens with the release, the film, is the film’s fate. If my partners lose, so be it; if I lose so be it… ”
“My Name Is Khan” is set in post 9/11 period and in it Shah Rukh plays an autistic Muslim Rizwan Khan.
Keeping his fingers crossed, the 44-year-old star also says his stardom is transient and wants a “closure” in the tense row with the Shiv Sena which has threatened to disrupt the film’s screening if he does not apologise for his remarks favouring inclusion of Pakistani cricket players in IPL.
“My stardom is transient. my integrity in non negotiable …my being Indian unquestionable…hope peace prevails. Hope misunderstandings get cleared. Hope nobody is hurt. Hope all leaders & activists have largesse of heart. hope…,” Khan, who is currently in Berlin for the premiere of his film, tweeted.
“Nobody wants Mumbaikars or their property hurt & destroyed. least of all me.” 1,600 Shiv Sena activists have been arrested so far to ensure a peaceful release of the film.
Shah Rukh also said he is making his point clear for the last time and sought closure, praying for peace in the city, which he owes everything to.
“This also is the last time I clarify or say anything on this topic. This is not a justification, its just reiterating the facts,” he said.
“I may not have the same ideologies as the Sena but on the question of me being a patriot, I don’t think there should be any confusion. Feel awful that Balasahib & Uddhav have misconstrued my words. The reaction of the Sena workers seems to make me believe that (sic),” he said.