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Shah Rukh Khan Says Those Who Question His Patriotism Are "Stupid"

  | December 09, 2015 07:49 IST (New Delhi)
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Shah Rukh Khan became the focal point of a controversy for his remarks on 'intolerance'

"If someone tells me that he is more patriotic than me, then he is stupid. From which angle can someone justify himself to be more patriotic? There is no logic behind that. We suddenly start shouting that I am more patriotic than you. Actually, we all are patriotic," Shah Rukh Khan said

Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was embroiled in the 'intolerance' debate after he expressed his views about the prevailing situation in the country, says there is no need for him to prove his 'secular' credentials'. (Also Read: Social Media is For Discussion, Not Passing Judgement: Shah Rukh Khan)

Asked about the debate, SRK said in an interview to ETV channel, "I really don't know anything about this. I speak straight-forward, clear-cut and good things whenever I speak. And I feel I need not prove myself secular."

"The logic is that if we want to move forward, we should not keep such things in our mind like sex differentiation, whether the person is fair or dark, which religion the person belongs to, which region the person hails from or which caste the person belongs to."

Shah Rukh Khan also added there was 'no end to such things', and that he had made a resolution that he would talk about acting and films only.

"I have decided, I will discuss serious topics on a platform where I would be invited. But that is very rare. In most of the cases, people don't invite me for discussion on serious topics. But it is not required to discuss such topics during film promotions and birthdays.

Because the platform is not correct. When I speak in such programmes, people take my half words and they are placed in a different context. So, I think it is better that actors on acting platform should talk about acting and films only," said the actor, who is awaiting the release of his film Dilwale.

He added, "If someone tells me that he is more patriotic than me, then he is stupid. From which angle can someone justify himself to be more patriotic? There is no logic behind that. We suddenly start shouting that I am more patriotic than you. Actually, we all are patriotic."

The actor asserted that he expressed his 'genuine feelings' in the previous interview, which was tossed away as negative.

"I genuinely spoke that I will teach my children these things. Then someone asked me 'Do you think such things are there?' I replied, 'It's not there'.

But it should not be there to move forward in life. I even told that some people will take it wrong and say that he is speaking like that. Who will be more thankful towards this nation than me," said the actor, who is married to Gauri and has three children with her.

Shah Rukh Khan was all praises for the PM Modi-led government. He heaped praise upon Narendra Modi, calling his governance 'fantastic'.

"I think the developmental clause of his governance is fantastic. I am all for modernity and development. And it will be fantastic if he takes it up and makes it for the whole country," he said.

Shah Rukh Khan's comment about 'extreme intolerance' in India last month made him the focal point of a controversy. BJP MP Yogi Adityanath compared him to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, while Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi dubbed the actor a 'Pakistani agent'.

SRK's colleague Aamir Khan had to face a similar problem after he revealed that his wife had suggested they leave the country.

The controversy was revisited by Sadhvi Prachi on Tuesday when she attacked Shah Rukh and Aamir, accusing them of 'tarnishing' the image of India through their comments on 'intolerance'.

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