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Shah Rukh Khan faces police probe over cricket row

Published May 17, 2012 07:54am


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Shah Rukh Khan gestures towards a security guard blowing a whistle to direct children accompanying him off the playing field after the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.—AFP Photo
Shah Rukh Khan gestures towards a security guard blowing a whistle to direct children accompanying him off the playing field after the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.—AFP Photo

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan faced a police probe and a lifetime ban from Mumbai's main cricket stadium on Thursday following a furious late-night row with staff at the ground, officials said.

The actor, who co-owns the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders, took a group of youngsters including his daughter Suhana onto the pitch of the Wankhede Stadium after a match on Wednesday night.

A security guard tried to stop them from playing, leading the multi-millionaire actor to argue angrily for 10-15 minutes before finally giving up and leaving the stadium, an AFP photographer witnessed.

“Security officials told him to leave, but Shah Rukh Khan started the brawl,” Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) secretary Nitin Dalal told NDTV news.

“He entered the ground half an hour after the game. The officers told him that this was not the right time. He misbehaved and he used foul language,” he added.

Dalal said the MCA had filed a police complaint and would ban the cricket-crazy star from future attendance at the Wankhede Stadium.

“He'll not be allowed for any match—Test match, one-day international or any T20 or IPL matches hereafter. That is what we have decided,” said MCA treasurer Ravi Savant.

The sweaty and dishevelled appearance of Khan, one of the most popular stars of the nation's prolific Bollywood film industry, was a far cry from the carefully managed image presented through his advertising and acting roles.

The 46-year-old was embroiled in another ugly row in January after a female director accused him of assaulting her husband at a late-night party.

Khan has also been summoned to appear before a court in Jaipur later this month after he was seen smoking at the city's main cricket stadium, in violation of anti-smoking laws.


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Vikas Dixit May 18, 2012 11:40pm
Amitabh would never do that.. Amitabh is a talent with character... a God for many of us... true bharat ratna
Faraz May 18, 2012 08:51pm
He is a nice Guy.... He is a gentleman and these people are trying to destroy his image for no reason!!!! I have met him personally and also i have met Naomi Campbell and they both are very decent people...
Rafay May 17, 2012 01:47pm
He is becoming Paris Hilton of Bollywood
Dr.Nisar A.Kayani May 17, 2012 01:31pm
He is targeted being a Muslim.The majority Hindu community has some grudge against him.
FroozenMartial May 17, 2012 02:34pm
@ Dr.Nisar A.Kayani What a pathetic comment by you, I being as a Muslim, Pakistani and lastly as a HUMAN thinks that one should get punished for doing wrong. And I don't want to have a debate about whether he is a MUSLIM or not. Please be mature. And bravo for most THUMBS DOWN :P
Aman May 17, 2012 02:29pm
IT is ashamed why religion is connected with law, Matter is follow law who ever religion u follow.
Imtiaz May 17, 2012 03:08pm
What has the religion has to do with it, kIYANI?
Indian May 17, 2012 03:00pm
. Where did you see Hindu muslim in it. Just for your information, the so called majority Hindus have made him 'The Sharukh Khan' - so for god sake atleast don't bring politics into it.
@god4atheist May 17, 2012 02:59pm
Unfortunately he's the same guy who was backed by Indian govt. and forced American to apologize for being 'harassed' at a US airport. He's arrogant for sure.
Hammad May 17, 2012 02:55pm
Dr. Nisar, please tell me the definition of Muslim as I am not aware of Islamic teachings which could allow a person to drink and get involve in Shirk
masuma May 17, 2012 02:53pm
correct his fault is he is a Muslim
BHB May 17, 2012 02:38pm
Dr Kayani: Mindset like yours is unfortunately what is keeping your community behind everywhere, not other communities.
sudhir Das May 17, 2012 02:47pm
we in India don't love or hate a person on the basis of his religion, since you are a citizen of a theocratic state, not a secular state like India
Gk1430 May 17, 2012 02:30pm
Dr. Nisar... get your facts right before making this statement............ He is proud Indian Muslim who is trying to take law into his hand and will be dealt by the law. So, no religion politics here..
Akbar May 18, 2012 06:01pm
Very well said!! thats the nail in coffin for those who think their religion is the best and they are superior. This attitude is widely prevalent in muslim world and their education system. No wonder you see such low level thinking displayed here.
Ameer A. May 17, 2012 09:53am
KKR is doing well.. but SRK, please! feet on the ground..
Mubashir May 17, 2012 12:48pm
Good! No one and I mean no one should be above the law!!
Akhan May 17, 2012 01:05pm
He is so arrogant...Need to be punished as anyone else will be in this case
narender May 17, 2012 03:37pm
How right you are Sudhir. Dr Nisar and Masuma should know that that if the religion plays part than Khans wo'nt be super stars in India.
Shahid May 17, 2012 03:40pm
Would you care to explain the Gujrat riots then ?
nazir ali May 17, 2012 03:48pm
This is the sad part of being a Muslim. They think everything is a conspiracy against them. For God's sakes, what has cricket got to do with religion? Please ignore such comments from folks like masuma and nisar.
Mamoon May 17, 2012 03:56pm
He sure is being targeted...I guess that's why the Indian film industry invests millions on his movies every year.
Abdullah May 17, 2012 06:19pm
The thing to be criticized is he was against rules and it is bad and he should be fined for that.....
Rakesh May 17, 2012 03:59pm
If that be the case why is that we have had a Muslim president, who was by far the most popular thus far? And there is a very strong voice to bring him back this time around, despite his age. Shah Rukh Khan has a huge following cutting across religious lines. The case will be investigated, with enough chances given to him and the guilty shall certainly be punished. By the way I hope you know that it is the Khans who rule the Hindi film industry and my personal favourate being Aamir Khan. Lastly, I don't mean to be insensitive, but I think it is in Pakistan (your country I presume) that we constantly hear to the minorities being pushed to the fringes, by outdated laws like blasphemy laws, and until recently the Hudood laws of the Zia era. With due respect to your nation and your people, I wish to make clear that my country is secular in letter and spirit. The aberrations, which are most unfortunate, are condemned by the majority and shall be punished sooner or later. Hoping for peace in India and the World!!! Rakesh Naidu
jawad May 17, 2012 04:02pm
cmon grow up. Its a very big statement. shame on muslims like u
puneet May 17, 2012 04:09pm
come on Pakistan don't b such a narrow minded people,religion has nothing to do with this..........ur saying as if ur the happiest muslim country in the world.......he is the biggest start in india so keep ur cheap thought with ur self dont share it other....................
shyam May 17, 2012 04:11pm
You can bend over backwards explaining this has nothing to do with religion but there are elements who are nothing but stir pots and view the improving Hindu/Muslim relations with jealousy as it does not fit their agendas.
Hassan May 17, 2012 04:27pm
I am a Pakistani and I completely agree with you, that's one of the reasons why India is ahead of us today. I hope Pakistan one day too becomes a secular nation.
RAHUL May 17, 2012 04:32pm
sudhir May 17, 2012 04:35pm
Nisaar ,In india Shahrukh or any Muslim can own a team ,If religion matters than there are many Rich Hindu industrialist there in India ,anybody could have own it....................... We dont think that way....shahrukh has many times more Hindu fans than muslim fans..... OK , I agree for sometime.......then tell me What you people have done with hindus in last 60 years in Pakistan......hindus are being reduced by how may numbers ,you know well........Have you ever raised your voice anytime...................... Let me assure you that Shahrukh has not treated in correct manner to authorities......this has happened to many celebrities......because after certain time they feel that they are above all...........thats not correct
xman May 17, 2012 05:01pm
Never mind that he is already a super star, and has been so for many years. Could he have been so if if the "majority Hindu community" has some grudge against him?
Kohli May 17, 2012 05:06pm
Mr. Kayani, its the 1 billion hindus who made him the king, where would he be today if the entire population of india hated him. Our top stars are all muslims and we love them.
b.hans May 17, 2012 05:07pm
god. it is majority hindu community that made him a star by watching hi movies. this kind of reasoning is not accepted from a doctor, if you are a real one
Anil May 17, 2012 05:12pm
wow! are you proud of what he is doing? that makes you a not so good muslim.stop thinking about yourself as a muslim,you are pakistani first.Be proud of what you are!
John May 17, 2012 05:17pm
Henry Kissinger (once most power man during Nixon Admin) gets stopped at American airports for a pat down because he wears a metal leg brace. We can learn something from the West that All men are equal in the eyes of the Law regardless of age, religion, social status, gov't title etc.etc.
narender May 17, 2012 05:18pm
How right you are Sudhir. Dr Nisar and Masuma should know that that if the religion plays part than Khans wo'nt be
Raj May 17, 2012 05:20pm
Then why he become superstar of Bollywood if I go with your preconceive note. Make points on some basis dude.
Dhruv May 19, 2012 05:07am
Sometimes success gets in the mind and is dificult to handle. He was a little more excited because his team is doing so good and defeated Mumbai in Mumbai. Law will take its own course in this matter but this one little incident should not tarnish his image which he created in years of hard work. Please forgive him, forget the incient and watch out for his new film.
Test May 17, 2012 06:04pm
Hahaha... Kayani is ridiculous.
masud May 18, 2012 08:59am
We should not over react to any comments made here, bottom line is he has done something wrong and should be punished accordingly. We need to acknowledge that vast majority of Indian’s believe in secularism and whatever he is today proves that. I also like the swift action taken by MCA in support of poor security guy. I am sure sense will prevail and he will apologise.
Indian May 19, 2012 12:37am
SRK is become arrogant. Stardom sits in his mind.He needs attention every time. If he being ignored then starts behaving like a child. Amir & Salman goes to USA they never created any headline. He should be punished.
guest May 17, 2012 06:11pm
I think religion has nothing to do in this case. If any hindu who lives in Pakistan does some thing similar to this, will you still have same opinion that it is a muslim majority country and has some grudge against him. Any way it is besides the point but in this case Shah Rukh has full rights to defend his children and who so ever is at his place will do the same. The important point I want to make here is What made him to behave like this. Dear friends there is no smoke with out fire. When he saw that some officers were mistreating his children he has to come foe their defence and thats what he did. If some one is not happy it is his/her problem.
Jawad Hussain May 17, 2012 06:39pm
rules r rules.....Is there any wrong in it....we shd not be narrow minded..we need a change in our mind sit......if he was faultles and got puniishment without doing any wrong....then if some one say tht he was targeted coz of his religon then ther might be som wld make sm sense...
Sony May 18, 2012 03:03pm
the muslim angle..coming from citizens of nation that has the worst muslims!....everything in pak and in pakistani heads is about religion. If that were the case you wouldnt be killin and maiming each other. Gujrat was nothing compared to the carnage you unleash in your cities and towns on a daily basis.
ANUJEET VARADKAR May 17, 2012 06:54pm
Masuma why do all the Muslims suffer from this Victim syndrome ...
axk May 17, 2012 06:57pm
So if this would have been Amitabh Bachan not Shahrukh Khan would the guards have thrown him out?
axk May 17, 2012 06:59pm
Are you implying SRK has a home video with Rick Solomon also ? :)
paktvportal May 17, 2012 07:15pm
Shut that religion topic from discussion there is a simple solution for Shah rukh MIGRATE TO PAKISTAN (if he think that's the security action was biased on religion basis). I think that it has more to do with supremacy of law before anyone even SUPER DUPERS. BUT rather there is one more thing which may be covered by our Indian visitors (like sudhir Das) and that is that UGLY appearance & characters of Indian Super Dupers behind their artificial sweaty and dishevelled appearances. Taking no credit away from our (such) people ----- This should be an eye opener for US here, at least it is for me.
paktvportal May 17, 2012 07:16pm
there are things to learn for us
Murtaza May 17, 2012 07:24pm
You should be ashamed as a doctor to bring up the issue to his religion to counter his flouting of rules and decorum. He is idolized by millions of fans in India belonging to every religion. Just like Obama would not be elected president without white voters, Shahrukh would not be popular without non-muslim fan following. So stop dragging religion in this matter.
Asad May 17, 2012 07:33pm
He's not the actual Shahrukh, he's a look alike of him. The actual Shahrukh does 'Sahir Lodhi' show in Pakistan :)
Vipul May 17, 2012 07:35pm
same old excuse of being muslim...what a pitiable mind set of some commentors.. shahrukh could never have earned this much stardom if in pakistan..he is a bollywood star only because real sense secular hindu india and all hindustanis allows him to be so
Well Wisher May 18, 2012 03:25pm
If you knew the entire source and reason of that ... you wouldn't have asked this question.
Kadir from Dallas May 18, 2012 03:19am
All I know is that, this peace of news tells me that the whistle blower security guard is much powerful then Don. Waiting to hear from Amir and Salman.
Rahul May 18, 2012 06:55am
I think you are right law should take it own course. Religion should not come in between
Rahul May 18, 2012 06:58am
Now SRK should visit America so that his ego will come down. lol
Rakesh May 18, 2012 07:02am
Yes Mr. Shahid, I do care to explain it to you. While the riots have been most unfortunate, what still makes me proud of my country is that we persistent in our march towards justice, however insolent the perpetrators might be. It is a consolation for all of us Indians, despite our diversity that even though a decade has passed since those tragic events, we are still going after those involved, with indomitable spirit. We have never attempted to "cover it up". We as a nation are never afraid of facing our mistakes and candidly looking for amicable solutions. The core of our constitution, which promises liberty, equality and fraternity among all citizens irrespective of the diversity, has never been changed since we became a republic. And I am certainly proud that in my country, the education system, however poor it might be, lays a great deal of stress on equality, compassion and peace. Again, I wish to stress that I respect your nation and people ( not necessarily your government though), but please with at your own selves when it comes to ethnic strife. In the past it was the Bengalis, you targeted, now it's if the Balochis. And you also have problems with the Mohajirs, the Ahmadis, the tribals....and 3hat have you. Anyway, I hope Peace prevails in Pakistan too and that your people shall some day wake up to the bliss that is derived from unity in diversity, where none is above the law, not even the state!!! Peace! Rakesh Naidu
Afzal May 17, 2012 10:53pm
Mr: Khan should behave like a gentleman.
ganti murty May 18, 2012 12:59am
SRK is having some issues, He is a good man. Give him some space and let the wheels of justice take care of things. Relgion has no role in this, though I have to say there is no one who made it a life time goal to make it a non issue than SRK, case in question is Mere nam Khan.
Aini May 18, 2012 06:30am
It is a simple matter of arrogancy and breaking rules which will be dealt accordingly.
Indian May 18, 2012 02:01am
You have right question, I don't think Amitabh would have been faced this situation, however that would be only because of his age & status, by this I mean even if Dilip Kumar was there in this situation no one would have dared to touch him even. It's not a question of Muslim or Hindu - try to understand the core problem of going overboard, just because you are a start....
Harjeet May 18, 2012 02:22am
Watch the video footage and audio recording of the incidence and make your own dicision. Match was over, Prize distribution ceremony was over and even lights were off. NO one is allowed on the ground, leave apart the pitch. But some kids chose to go on the ground and security staff told them to be off the field. What wrong he did ? This irked King Khan as the kids included his daughter and some friends. This led to argument. Police intervened and took SRK away. A police officer, told that he could smell liquor on SRK. In my view, Mr Sharukh thought that the kids had right to be on ground while security staff thinks it was just doing its duty. You can hear unparliamentary language used by both sides. Sorry, I cant support King Khan on this.
hamad May 18, 2012 07:21am
Well lets not get into the religion part, it doesnt do any good. We should be reading the incident story and commenting about our opinions and views. I agree with some readers and personally think that there is no law or what so ever in all our countries, be it India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka or which ever country we belong to. " JIS KI LAATHEE USKI BHEINS" Equality does not exist in this part of the world. If you have money, fame or a politician, you can loot, disrespect or do anything you want. Money and fame certainly brings out the real character of a person. As per the incident story, I personally think SRK totally blew this apart and disrespecting any person(ground staff) or any one is totally unacceptable. Every body deserves respect and a superstar like SRK should be setting an example. Regardless of various stories claiming of him being drunk or whatever the case is, I think this was an irresponsible act from SRK. The ground staff were doing their job and it is their responsibility to control this situation in which ever situation possible. Sometimes we as people just forget that the other person is also human !! Peace
Abdul May 18, 2012 04:14am
u r right, Murtaza
Hassan May 18, 2012 04:22am
Yar bhai please stop crying about this Hindu, Muslim thing all the time, because of this insanity our generations have lost so much, please save what is left and build it further for coming generations. Any sensible person will agree with me that India, Pakistan are twin countries and like it or not (ek ko maro to doosre ko dard ho ga ) yeh yaad rakhna.
irin elina May 18, 2012 04:23am
every one should be punished for him/her fault.
waqas May 18, 2012 04:30am
Please read articles of Arundhati Roy to understand how bad the situation in India is. Both India and pakistan are in terrible state... and i never hope pakistan follows the path treaded by india.
squashleo May 18, 2012 07:40am
and yet shahrukh could not buy an apartment in a major indian city because of who he was,a muslim! something that all have admitted to,so no denying what i just wrote,i believe two other muslim indian stars have faced the same problem!
farrukh May 18, 2012 07:41am
All praise to Indian government, law is law and no one is above the law!!
Ali Khan May 18, 2012 07:24am
I think, First one should analyze that what action has been committed which is under dicussion, surely the action is not a big breach of law or any criminal activity. There is not an issue relating to religion at all and SRK was stopped from doing an act which was considered to be prohobitted by the authorities of the stadium. How ever he did not broke a rule that contained any harm or damage to other human, rather that was a slight breach of stadium rules and was entirely harmless. I think that he would have not been restricted because being a fame in India, being a star and being the owner of KKR he would have let go of this.
Shama Qureshi May 18, 2012 07:28am
He is a Muslim. So what does it mean? He can drink alcohol and cigaret inside the stadium though it is not allowed. He can slap the poor security man because he is an star. Now he is playing the children card and if it will not work then he will play the Muslim card.
MARIA May 20, 2012 05:39pm
For ur kindly information Shahrukh is no more muslim.Salman ,Amir Imran they had only muslim names that's it.....they used to do Puja not Namaaz. You ppl doesn't know yet ? v.strange.....!
Mohammed Yahya USA May 21, 2012 07:41am
Oh my goodness how horrible most of the comments are, is that Khan guy really worth that much or some people r really having fun igniting the fire, it really hearts, amar, akbar or anthony who cares LAW IS LAW. Please remember before even we finish trashing each others countries & religion that khan guy will be allowed to enter the stadium either by an apology or by paying a fine only because in our countries its whom u know, while we all will continue our war of wards they will have the last laugh so please, please stop.
Aine May 25, 2012 08:21am
Stop the Pakistan bashing already. We know we have issues, big ones, but it's so boring when they're flung in your face the second an opinion is floated. Get over it. Please.
Piskut Jun 02, 2012 03:21pm
He's not Shah Rukh Khan lar, he's a dupe only, that also you don't know one ah?