Wrong! It spooked US immigration officers on Friday.
That's what Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan believes to have been the reason he was detained for questioning by these officers at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey (the US).
Shah Rukh is, yes, a Muslim. This has never bothered the thousands of his adoring Hindu fans in India and non-Muslims beyond the shores of India.
The actor told the Press Trust of India news agency that he had been detained by immigration officials at the airport because his name came up on a computer check list. ("Whaaat? Dammit, don't you ignorant Americans know who he is? He is a world famous mega-mega star!! Ignoramuses!!)
He told the agency that he had been released after he was allowed to message a politician in India, who contacted the Indian embassy in Washington on his behalf.
The US officials have denied that Shah Rukh was detained because of his Muslim name or for any other suspicion.Spokesman Elmer Camacho said he was not detained, "but it took a little longer because his bag was lost by the airline."
And we are all idiots.
But, we, we should give them the benefit of the doubt....oooh such cliche!
Shah Rukh Khan was on his way from New York to Chicago to attend an Indian independence day celebration when he was stopped at Newark airport in the state of New Jersey.The actor is in the U.S. to promote a new film, "My Name is Khan," which is about racial profiling of Muslims after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Aah....life imitating art, eh?
Anyway, do read this, this and this.
And, oh....his fans are not taking this lightly.