Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says that sometimes he feels “very sad” and even feels like crying when he is made to prove his patriotism, asserting there is no patriot “greater” than him. The 50-year-old actor was at the centre of a controversy last year for his comments on patriotism in the wake of a raging debate on intolerance and faced backlash on the social media.
“Sometimes I feel very sad, I even feel like crying, that I should be made to say that I belong to this country, I am a patriot. I am a patriot, rather we all are. We do not have to compete with others to say we are patriots,” he told Rajat Sharma on the latest edition of India TV show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’.
“I get very sad when I am supposed to explain each and every time how good a patriot I am,” he added.
King Khan’s message to the youth
The star said his message to the youth would be to be tolerant and work towards taking this nation forward as small, petty matters should not harm the nation’s interest. “Whether my film ‘Fan’ is a hit or not, I want to say for the last time, I will not repeat it again that there is no patriot greater than me.”
Asked by the host whether there was a perception that he had friends in Congress, who wanted to “fix” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah Rukh said, “How dare I fix anyone? You have known me long. I am apolitical though I have friends everywhere.”
Clarification on his comments during the intolerance controversy
Shah Rukh also clarified his comments during the intolerance controversy, saying his remarks were taken out of context.
“I had only advised the young to not be intolerant in matters related to religion, caste, colour, creed and region. My father was one of the youngest freedom fighters. How can I think that this country has not been fair to any of us? A man like me who has got everything from this country, I will be the last one to complain”.
“My family itself is mini-India. My wife is Hindu, I am Muslim by birth and my three children follow three religions so how can I think of my country like this?,” he said.