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Shah Rukh Khan gets invited to stay in Pakistan by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

Jamaat-ud-Dawaa (JuD) chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed has invited actor Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistan, amid various controversies surrounding the actor and his stance on #AwardWapsi and the rising incidents of intolerance in India.

Saeed took to Twitter to invite Shah Rukh Khan and other Muslims who “are facing difficulty and discrimination in India” to Pakistan. Although, the account from which he has tweeted has not been verified.

In a series of media interviews on 2 November, (his 50th birthday), Shah Rukh Khan had accepted the growing intolerance in the nation, and admitted that he would return his award as a symbolic gesture.


Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed. Images from PTI.

“Yes there is intolerance, there is growing intolerance. People put words in the air even before thinking. We keep talking about new India, but if this country is not secular, happy in its approach and allowing people to be… the youngsters are not going to stand for it. It’s stupid to be intolerant,” said Shah Rukh Khan at the Twitter town hall hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai, India Today had reported.

In retaliation, Kailash Vijaybargiya, a senior BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh, called Shah Rukh Khan anti-national and that was followed by Sadhvi Prachi equating him with the alleged 26/11 mastermind.

Shah Rukh Khan calls not being secular ‘the worst kind of crime you can do as a patriot’

At a time when National Award-winning artists are returning their government awards and honours to protest impediments to freedom of speech and expression in India, Shah Rukh Khan said he supports the artistes who have returned their awards and believes they are brave. However, he has never really been a part of something this “huge and meaningful” and he may return his Padma Shri “symbolically”.

“Just a symbolic gesture, yes, If I have to,” he said in response to a question by Rajdeep Sardesai during a Twitter Townhall interview with India Today.

Shah Rukh Khan. AFPShah Rukh Khan. AFP

Shah Rukh Khan. AFP

The actor, who has been a part of blockbusters such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Devdas, was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2005.

The Chennai Express star, who turned 50 on Monday, said: “I respect the people, if they have a call that makes them feel that if the gesture is going to turn things around, I think it’s very brave, very honest, very clean. As far as I am concerned, I’ve never participated in something as huge and as meaningful, as they have. But if it calls for it yes… symbolically, yes, it is important if you feel cinema is suffering, then here’s my national award… I stand by the people who take a stand.”

When quizzed on why he hasn’t taken a stand on current issues, the way Hollywood stars do, Khan compared the situations in India and the US. “Here we have a country where there are lots of things you can’t talk, I can’t talk, what is said is broken down. America… has a little more leeway in speaking a voice. We talk about freedom of speech, but people come outside my house and throw stones if I take a stand on X thing or Y thing like I have taken before.”

He added, “In the larger interest of being able to do the job that I do, I need to, and it’s sad and it’s unfortunate and I feel extremely pathetic about it, that it’s better to be quiet and do the job. Because if you stop my film on Friday, and nobody dares to tell them ‘Don’t stop his film on Friday,’ it’s extremely sad. And it’s not just the business and the money, it’s extremely sad. I spoke, and you can’t stop my film. I don’t think in America for speaking your mind, your films are stopped on a Friday.”

He gave the FTII situation as an example and said, “If I talk about something about FTII, I will have 17 people gunning for me.” However, he did speak about it later, saying, “what’s happening is completely wrong, it’s extremely disturbing”.

When asked if he believes intolerance is rising in the country, he answered, “There is extreme intolerance, there is growing intolerance, people just put words in the air before even thinking about it. And here’s a secular country…we keep talking about modern India, we keep talking about progressing, we keep talking about the new India, and we just keep talking. I don’t think if this country is not going to be secular… the youngsters are not going to stand for it. This is the only advice I can give at 50. Intolerance religiously, not being secular in this country, it is the worst kind of crime you can do as a patriot.”

With inputs from IANS

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From Lata Mangeshkar to Shahrukh Khan, Bollywood mourns APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Mumbai: Celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Shah Rukh Khan and A R Rahman on Monday mourned the demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, calling his death a great loss to the country.

Kalam, who served as the 11th President from 2002 to 2007 and came to be known as ‘People’s President’, died on Monday evening after he collapsed during a lecture at IIM Shillong. He was 83.

Four-time National Award-winning composer Rahman said the country lost an “inspiring mind”.

“Dr Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word ‘hope’ a new meaning for Indians…

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

“Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things… May the creator lead you to heaven,” Rahman posted on his Facebook page.

Bollywood’s evergreen voice Mangeshkar also took to Facebook to pay her condolence.

“I have just been informed that our former President, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has passed away. I am saddened by the news. I knew him very well personally. He was a great scientist, a human being and a good poet. I pay my tribute to him. May he rest in peace,” she said.

Superstar Shah Rukh, also condemning Gurdaspur terrorist attack, tweeted, “So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack and now the news of Dr Kalam’s demise. May Allah bring peace upon all.”

“Sad to hear about the loss of our only people’s president – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Big loss to not just our nation but the whole world,” posted Ajay on his Twitter page.

“I just got this news. It is a very sad moment for us. I think he has left behind good values for us.

“And the way he led his life was exemplary. The way he thought, the way he spoke, the way he lived… all that should be a torchlight guiding us and we should keep him alive in our hearts,” said

Rajya Sabha MP and Bollywood screenwriter- lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was in Delhi on Monday.

Actor Varun Dhawan wrote, “A visionary passes away” Abdul Kalam a brilliant mind and soul. His book ‘Wings Of Fire’ is a must for every youth of our country.”

“So sad to know about the passing away of Dr Abdul Kalam. It is a loss not only for India but for d entire world. Such greatness is a rarity.

“Had the opportunity of meeting & interacting with Dr Kalam at several occasions. His infectious smile was enough to inspire millions. #Sad,” tweeted Anupam Kher, who received Padma Shri from Kalam.

Kher also called him his inspiration. “I was one of the lucky ones to receive my Padma Shri from Dr Kalam. He made it extra special for me. He will always remain my inspiration,” he further said.

Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, “Visionary….legendary and with so much dignity….a big loss to the country….RIP #APJAbdulKalam.”

Good bye with Salam sir Abdul kalam most beloved president of india. True son of India. Father of nuclear arms India. The finest educationist,” wrote director-producer Subhash Ghai.

“What a glorious life!!Greatness lead by example!!#Respect#Salute d life n divine grace of Mr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam #Godspeed,” actress Sushmita Sen tweeted.

Actor Rajkummar Rao posted, “You have to dream before ur dreams can come true” Rest in Peace Mr Abdul Kalam. Thank you for inspiring us.”

Actress Sonakshi Sinha said, “Sad news. First the #GurdaspurAttack and then we lose one of the most loved Indians of all time. #RIPAbdulKalam sir.”

Actress Sridevi wrote, “A people’s president who ignited minds across the world. RIP Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.”

“R I P. Dr Abdul Kalam,sir, you shall be missed and remembered,” veteran actor Rishi Kapoor said.

Actress Raveena Tandon, condoling his death, tweeted, “Terrible news!! APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen! A true patriot and an inspiration to the youth! A great loss!”

“Never got a chance to meet, always be a regret. His wisdom humour philosophy intelligence wil live forever in r hearts #RIPAPJAbdulKalam #PrideOfIndia. He went while doing what he did best… #PrideOfIndia collapsed while giving a lecture in Shillong!” she further wrote.

“A life well lived is one that leaves behind the road of possibilities and inspiration. What a spectacular path Dr. Abdul Kalam paved. RIP,” tweeted “The Lunchbox” actress Nimrat Kaur.

Actress Dia Mirza said, “#RIP #DrAPJAbdulKalam you are and will always be one of my heroes. #Salute.”

“In a country starving for inspiration #DrAPJAbdulKalam passing away is huge blow… #RIP #Salute,” director Nikhil Advani wrote.


Did not meet Lalit Modi in London, says Shah Rukh Khan

Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders, on Monday said he did not meet former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi in London.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. AFPBollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. AFP

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. AFP

The 49-year-old actor was asked whether he met Modi, embroiled in a row after it came to light that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had facilitated travel documents for him in London and that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had reportedly favoured Modi’s immigration plea in a London court.

Modi has also been active on his Twitter page, alleging he had private meetings with Priyanka Vadra and husband Robert Vadra.

When asked during an interview to NDTV if he met the tainted former IPL boss during his stay in London, Khan said if he had met Modi, it would be out by now.

“No, I didn’t even have a vacation in London… I was shooting in Bulgaria… I finished in the evening, took the morning… (sic) After because it was the last night… we were awake till about 6 in the morning… chatting and talking… and just about we entered the plane at about 2 o clock landed in the evening and next day I had my daughter’s and son’s admission.

“So, I hardly had time there… No I did not meet Lalit Modi… If I had, he would have told everyone,” Shah Rukh said.


From Shah Rukh Khan to Koyla chor: The real reasons behind expunging these words from Lok Sabha

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Bade Bade Deshon Mein: Obama quotes DDLJ: NaMo re-uses, SRK thanks, Twitter goes beserk

Narendra Modi may have had his “May the force be with you” moment in New York but US President Barack Obama today  went one up  by quoting Shah Rukh Khan’s famous line ‘Senorita, bade bade deshon mein…’ from the blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge at the Siri Fort auditorium on his last day in India.

He drew a loud cheer from the audience after he borrowed SRK’s famous dialogue from the movie.

“Last celebration here we celebrated festival of lights in Mumbai. We danced with some children. Unfortunately, we were not able to schedule any dancing in this visit. Senorita, bade bade desho mein… you know what I mean,” Obama said with a smile while addressing a Town hall event on the third and final day of his visit to India.

Obama after the speech at Siri Fort. PTI image

It immediately sparked a frenzy among the Bollywood star’s supporters and among the top tags on Twitter were ‘SRK Pride Of India’ and ‘Bade Bade Deshon Mein’.

Just in case you don’t remember the entire dialogue from the film, here it is:

Khan may not have had a chance to meet with the US president but was hopeful he would fulfil Obama’s wish of being able to dance:

Even Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got in on the act and while thanking the US President for visiting the country used the now famous dialogue from the film:

And as expected Twitter was full of reactions to the US President’s use of an Indian film dialogue. Here are some of them: