Superstar Shah Rukh Khan bares it all on what it means to be a Muslim in the Post-9/11 world and how he became an "inadvertent object of political leaders" in first person account for a magazine, published in association with an international newspaper. He also features on the cover of the publication.

According to a report published in TOI: Titled " Being a Khan", the write-up appears in the current issue of the magazine and the 47-year-old actor, one of the few Indian actors with international recognition, writes: "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 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," added the superstar of Hindi cinema.

SRK is married to Gauri, a Hindu, and has two children - Aryan and Suhana.

"I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-India and pan-religious) ones - Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can't really escape it."

"I pronounce it with my epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquire. I imagine this will prevent my offspring from receiving unwarranted eviction orders or random fatwas in the future," he wrote.

He said 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 titled 'My Name Is Khan' (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point."

Set in the post 9/11 US, " My Name Is Khan" focuses on religious and national identities through Rizwan (SRK), who has Asperger's Syndrome, and how his Khan identity becomes all important in a suspicious America.

"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," said SRK.

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Global man
January 23, 2013 10:02 am
simple question, why the same questions are not asked for Salman KHAN or Amir KHAN, ? see the difference. SRK sucks.
Imraan Mehmood
January 23, 2013 10:10 am
well said, his ego is fatter than Modi the terrorist killer
January 23, 2013 11:01 am
yusuf khan
January 23, 2013 8:52 am
Great individual and a great human being. May God bless you.
January 23, 2013 10:11 am
He is a super star. We in Iran loves him and watches all his movies. God will always protect you and your Gouri Khanom and two beautiful children's - Ameen Ya Rabbal Alamein
January 23, 2013 7:57 am
The problem with him is that he speaks a lot and does less. SELF BOASTING minded. None in the bollywood see him as a super star.
January 23, 2013 10:38 am
Yet another stunt by the show piece to be in the show always. Take it to somewhere else man....out millions of Muslims in India, he is the only subject, take a break..... Simple word 'Publicity stunts' in hope of being always in…. cheap however….
hamid Shafiq
January 23, 2013 10:26 am
i think his major fault in life is religion because he is Muslim by birth but also an indian. but after indian foreign minister salman khurshid agian belong to a Muslim minority announced RSS involves in attacks on trains and blast at shrines. shah rukh khan is great indian but present condition are dangerous for shah rukh from international hatred against Muslims and also in his own country.
January 23, 2013 9:00 am
Why do muslims want sharia law when in majority in a country, and demand secularism when in minority?
January 23, 2013 9:44 am
Dilip Kumar did that and I don't even remember his original name.
January 23, 2013 8:44 am
Why does he not change his name too? That will put all parties to ease and his desire to be part of the other culture will be realized in this world. I request him to think about the everlasting life though that will follow eventually after this SHORT abode in this temporary world. Please do not be sold out by the glamour of this world, Mr. SRK.
Real Pakistani
January 23, 2013 11:10 am
It was not Foreign Minister Salam Khursheed, who spoke about RSS, it was Mr. Shindey, Interior Minister.
Iftikhar Husain
January 23, 2013 12:05 pm
It is a great shame that one has to defend his loyalty because of his name.
January 23, 2013 12:13 pm
I agree 100% on that. He is just trying to cash in some more attention; this time by using his last name. What a cheap shot man seriously......
January 23, 2013 12:16 pm
WHATTTTTT?? are you serious ??? some of us really are just a bit too naive,he is just playing with ya'll for some lose publicity. Keep your prayers for someone who deserves more than him, ideally for yourself.
hamid Shafiq
January 23, 2013 12:37 pm
you are not real pakistani. salman khurshid support shindey remarks check his press conference
January 23, 2013 12:39 pm
No KHANs in pakistan film industries?
True Indian
January 23, 2013 12:44 pm
I respect SRK coz he is the only muslim actor in Bollywood who acts like human....all the other khans are rich and talented but dont respect human charecterstics....
January 23, 2013 1:02 pm
Not true, they were labeld the same.But SRK is on the top so getting more attention.
January 23, 2013 1:22 pm
Well done Mr. Khan, just when rival Salman Khan is getting all the accolades and giving one hit after the other, you decide to give this juicy and controversial interview to stay in the news. How desperate can you get? You know you really don't need to do this. People in India know your allegiance to India and your love for your country. Ups and downs are a part of stardom. Learn to live with it.
January 23, 2013 2:14 pm
Atleast we have too many khans in our cricket team.
January 24, 2013 7:59 am
pakistan film industry lolz are u kiding me whats that LMAO ;p
January 23, 2013 2:16 pm
I belive muslims want sharia law even if they are in minority.
January 23, 2013 2:42 pm
Exactly like Pakistan has become a dangerous countries for Muslims as well.
January 24, 2013 7:49 am
Muslims are third rate citizens in India. That's a well known fact. They have to 'prove' their loyalty all the time!
Richard W
January 23, 2013 3:18 pm
People of the far away Madras province voted 100% for Muslim League(whose theme was dividing India on religious basis).....they were simply exercising their choice....however, they didn't leave for Pakistan after Partition. Thus, it is only natural that non-muslim Indians would question the loyalty of Indian Muslims forever.
January 23, 2013 3:56 pm
please call him an indian Muslim if u like (he certainly seems to project the indian definition of Islam) but dont call him a Muslim
January 23, 2013 4:16 pm
publicity hungry comment from a man who has got everything from this country. look at his career for last 4-5 years- not even a single hit. he has stooped to such low these days that he earns by dancing at marriages. no wonder he is playing this minority card as a last bet to come back to focus. such a pathetic looser. he is not half as good as actor as aamir. but look how these two men conduct themselves in public and you will see the difference
January 23, 2013 4:27 pm
just publicity.......its srk mania
January 23, 2013 5:58 pm
Yusuf Khan is real name of Dilip Kumar
January 23, 2013 6:04 pm
Why dont Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Imran Khan, Saif Ali Khan and other Khans ever get detained at airports or are questioned ? Something is fishy about his claim.
rafiq meghani
January 23, 2013 6:10 pm
na ghar ka, na ghat ka
rafiq meghani
January 23, 2013 6:11 pm
Yousuf Khan, note it down for future reference
January 23, 2013 7:15 pm
India is the safest place for muslim on earth, take my words bro. dont just look at isolated instances. May be pakistan is worst place for muslim/
January 23, 2013 10:23 pm
I find Indian Muslims to be more vocal about their criticism of Pakistan. It's become a force of habit for them to try and prove their loyalty even in a Pakistani home with no Hindus around. Also, I have yet to meet a single Indian Muslim who is pro-Pakistan.
January 24, 2013 12:14 am
Otherwise Bal Thakre was not needed, but I miss him because as long as he lived, he kept nautanki like SRKs in check.
January 24, 2013 12:26 am
It is an ambiguous comment. Could someone please elaborate it?
andy (ON, Canada)
January 24, 2013 12:57 am
you seem to know more things than even Salman and Aamir know about themselves!
Neptune Srimal
January 24, 2013 1:42 am
Mohammad Yusuf Khan. Both SRK and Dilip Kumar, as well as Raj Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and Madhubala are from Peshawar. In modern times -- the Taliban would possibly kill them all for daring to do acting.Taliban bombed Tasveer Mahal movie hall several times, which also is in the same locality, Dhakki, from where these greats are. I wonder how many more talented artists would have flourished here if the condition was not so difficult.
January 24, 2013 5:04 am
Simple. Just like US is happy with Saudia's monarchy and dictatorship because they obey the US, but if they refused to, US would want 'an end to dictatorship, liberation of the people and democracy' in a hope of planting a puppet government...
January 24, 2013 5:16 am
We have Reema Khan...:P
January 24, 2013 1:19 pm
So only a Pakistani muslim is a muslim. An Arab would beg to differ.
January 24, 2013 1:17 pm
Try Owaisi
January 24, 2013 6:08 am
Aslam is talking about Muslims as an individuals not as a country or government.Learn to read before you answer.
raja hindustani
January 24, 2013 6:08 am
Why pakistanis loves only KHANs..?? why not kumar, roshan or other non-muslims actors???
January 24, 2013 6:18 am
Shahrukh just trying to get attention,If he was interogated at US airport so what? In united states we really do not care who's arriving at our Airports we just do our jobs. Shahrukh khan if today in America we suspect every muslims to be terrorist think and ask yourself who made us to do your brothers and sisters, We always welcome everyone regardless of race and religion but now we re opening our eyes and start seeing difference between friend and enemy so please if you do not like to be questioned do not come to usa
janan ,NC USA
January 24, 2013 6:44 am
how about asif khan, arbaz khan
Maria Ahmed
January 24, 2013 1:57 pm
yes indian conduct was soo good with aamir that he boycott all the awards ceremonies....vry nice
Cyrus Howell
January 24, 2013 2:45 pm
He can't help it. In his magazine pose I see Christiano Renaldo, a guy who has a mirror on every wall of his house to admire himself throughout the day.
January 24, 2013 3:38 pm
It is my observation that Muslims are more conscious of their religion than followers of other faiths. Thus they demand shariah when they are in majority in a country. This appears as fanaticism to others. However Muslims are also pragmatic when they are in a non-Muslim society. So when they are in minority, they (pretend to) support secularism. This inability to rise above religion is the root cause of backwardness of Muslims in all areas of human endeavour except terrorism.
January 24, 2013 5:28 pm
Surprised at this ignorant and shamelessly brazen rant. Some muslims in Pakistan are in fact fourth rate citizens. Are you unaware of it or pretending to be unaware?
January 24, 2013 5:57 pm
Thats wrong. We are fans of Bachchans as well!!
January 24, 2013 6:01 pm
You should be illogical.
Lakhkar Khan
January 24, 2013 9:52 pm
Yogi, you are pethetic.
Lakhkar Khan
January 24, 2013 10:00 pm
No, but they are too busy taking jobs in Indian film industry. Any question?
Lakhkar Khan
January 24, 2013 10:03 pm
I am one of them who does not want, especially the Taliban version or Sharia. I am sure there are many more like me.
Lakhkar Khan
January 24, 2013 10:05 pm
His name is Yousaf Khan and always will be. I am sure you know his real name too but just wanted to say that.
Lakhkar Khan
January 24, 2013 10:08 pm
AA, you started nicely but at the end, you earned yourself a D.
January 24, 2013 10:20 pm
People love SRK in both India and Pakistan. Right now people in Pakistan are crazy about Ranbir Kapoor. Before that it was Shahid Kapoor and Rhithik Roshan. At least that's what I see on social media from Pakistanis. So you are completely off base with your comment.
Anush Singh
January 25, 2013 3:00 am
Rafiq: We in India love our muslim, Sikh and Christian brothers and sisters. Unlike you guys where you cannot tolerate Shias, Ahmedis and other sects within Islam. And ask your grand parents about the origin of your last name coz its really not Arabic. Maybe you'll learn something about your ancestors. Anush
Anush Singh
January 25, 2013 3:05 am
Hamid: We love Shahrukh Khan more than you can imagine, simply because you have never learnt the meaning of loving someone who is different from you. He did not become a super star because of Pakistanis, but millions of Indians who adored him and the other Khans. So why not use your life to spread the message or peace and love and live a happy positive life. At this rate you are sure to get a heart attack or piles. So wake up before it is late. As the Mayan faisco has proven, the judgement day may be very far off or may never happen. So don't waste the life you have for the heaven you may never see. Anush
Anush Singh
January 25, 2013 3:08 am
SJ: Because India does not demand all her Citizen to be of a particular religion and have a homogenous naming style to be a Citizen. Wish someone could tell you the concept of Unity in diversity. But thats too alien to someone who is brain washed by an Army hell bent on controlling you like cattle. Good luck and may Allah show some mercy on you. Anush
Anush Singh
January 25, 2013 3:11 am
Mehrazar: Thank you very much. We all love Shahrukh. And I think he has the basic right to speak his mind as a free citizen of India. The crazies who are criticizing him have not understood the concept of democracy because they've never seen one. May God have mercy on their souls (if any) and show them the path to peace and happiness in a world without bearded dragons breathing fires of hatred. FYI. Anush was the grandson of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) Anush
Anush Singh
January 25, 2013 3:12 am
AA: If someone is profiled based on their religion, ethnicity etc. then thats sad. And you are talking as if you represent all of us in the US. Go get a job and contribute to the economy. I do. Anush
Anush Singh
January 25, 2013 3:18 am
I meant the grand son of Adam, Anush bin Shiith. And it has meanings in Sanskrit as well. One of the names of Vishnu. So much for the manufactured hate to separate people. Anush
January 25, 2013 6:25 am
Not only Muslims Like KHAN's But Most Indian HINDUS Like them too, just because mostly KHAN'S Have the talent so the audience like them even they are MUSLIMS. Sorry to say your point was invalid.
January 25, 2013 6:55 am
Bal thakare not necessary, his son Uddhav thankare alos enought to check him.
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