#IStandWithSRK tweets Bollywood
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has received support from several quarters of Bollywood after being called a ‘Pakistani agent’ and compared to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed by BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya, Sadhvi Prachi and Yogi Adityanath.
On Monday, his 50th birthday, Shah Rukh Khan spoke out strongly on the importance of keeping India secular, telling NDTV, “Religious intolerance is the worst thing and will take India to the dark ages.” Comments like Mr Vijayvargiya’s “Shah Rukh lives in India but his heart is in Pakistan” followed. Embarrassed, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu rushed to clarify that Mr Vijayvargiya, who has since retracted, spoke for himself and not the party.
SRK, who is routinely told to go to Pakistan told NDTV that it was degrading to have to keep proving his patriotism and that he wouldn’t be leaving India, has not responded to the comments made by the BJP leader. Twitter, however, has taken up cudgels on his behalf, with several tweets coming from the Happy New Year actor’s colleagues.