We don’t deserve Shah Rukh Khan, says renowned Indian journalist

Published: November 7, 2015
Amidst all the controversy SRK is facing, Barkha Dutt pens a letter to "India’s most beloved star". PHOTO: Pakistan Today

Amidst all the controversy SRK is facing, Barkha Dutt pens a letter to "India’s most beloved star". PHOTO: Pakistan Today

This past week has seen SRK’s personal opinion on intolerance snowball into an uncontrollable fireball.

While the Bollywood fraternity among others stand with the megastar, many, like Indian political party BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, have targeted SRK for his remarks regarding increasing religious ‘intolerance’ in India.

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On numerous occasions the star has been subject to questions regarding his patriotism, which he has said was “the most degrading and hurtful” experience of his life.

Amid all the controversy, renowned journalist, Barkha Dutt has penned an open letter to “India’s most beloved star” in the Hindustan Times expressing grief over the unfortunate situation. She claims that this is the “second or third time” her interviews have landed him in the middle of “nonsensical and shameful controversy”.

She lauded the actor for his sense of humour and wrote, “You have been willing, on more than one occasion, to third-eye yourself and make a joke or two without any of the pomposity and self-importance that is so typical of others in your fraternity.”

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She praised his “self-deprecating wit” when talking to “intrusive, tasteless” media personnel when they probed too far.

Barkha pens the time when SRK got into a scuffle at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai two years ago. An official “whispered a communal slur to you, an abuse that once again targeted you for your religion,” she wrote.

Fast forward to 2015 and SRK is still trying to prove a point to all the naysayers. “To all those, telling me to go to Pakistan, this is my country, I am not going anywhere. So shut up, just shut up,” said SRK in an interview with Barkha.

Dutt writes about how she wanted to cheer the superstar when he said “religion cannot be defined or showed respect to by our meat-eating habits” in regards to the ban on beef in India.

“And despite what the Sena threatened you with in 2010, you reiterated your support for creative people from Pakistan to be given space in our films,” she added, while commending the actor for not shying away from speaking about important issues.

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“What’s most sickening is how you’re now being told that the fact that a ‘Khan’ can be so popular is proof of India’s secularism,” she wrote. To which SRK had earlier responded, “Khan shining is not India shining.”

She writes how the “gross subtext is that you should be grateful for a country where so many Hindus are fans of a Muslim star. It’s been left to you to point out that the tokenism of the ‘three Khans of Bollywood’ is the very antithesis of secularism”.

“You, Shah Rukh — the real life man — not Raj or Rahul, your screen avatars — are my hero. But shamefully, I must admit — We don’t deserve you,” she concluded.

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  • Iqbal
    Nov 7, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Did she watch Happy New Year movie of SRK? And I always thought Barkha Dutt is Pakistani journalist, never knew she was Indian, shocking revelation for me.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Yes,Barkha.We don’t deserve him.We deserve better ones.The Khan’s of Bollywood churns out one masala pot boiler after another one.Pity people who sit through such nonsense..Recommend

  • wb
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:12PM

    Nobody deserves Shah Rukh Khan unless he/she is mentally retarded.

    And it has got nothing to do with his religion. I put Aishwarya Rai and her husband, Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty in the same bracket.

    The world can do a lot better without these hollow-heads.

    This man is a genius when it comes to marketing, style etc. And he should stick to selling shampoo, toothpaste etc etc.

    For god’s sake, stop acting in movies.

    When it comes to acting, the man is a big sifar. His acting causes migraine to any sane mind.

    Nobody deserves Shah Rukh Khan.Recommend

  • Point
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:13PM

    All I can feel is her inner jealousy towards success of khans which is depicted from that one sentence. There are several like you who dont want to see khan’s being idolized(the one who hav created mess since 2014) due to being Muslims and you simply spoke about that jealousy factor in an indirect wayRecommend

  • G. Din
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:16PM

    She is damn right. We don’t deserve the great Khan and we will willingly surrender him to any country that will be lucky to take him – and Burkha Dutt, too. Take the latter as a bonus gift from us. Tell you what? We will throw in the other Khan – Yousuf Khan, too. Now, who can refuse that package. Our “loss”, your gain!Recommend

  • Mahesh Patil
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:27PM

    Please do not judge that we Indians have fallen for Mr.Modi’s fascist rule.We the Indians are eternally on auto corrective mode.In 2014 general election we had no choice but to elect Mr.Modi,believing that here is the man who will change the destiny of my country.See the results of Bihar election tomorrow and you will know we the silent tolerant,secular,peace loving majority hold the aces.Recommend

  • Palanisamy
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:43PM

    Wow thats gonna hurt srk…. Really we don’t deserve you… Hats off barakaRecommend

  • John
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:49PM

    She is a brave lady for taking a hard stand.Now see the vitriol directed at her from majority of her fellow Indians.Recommend

  • indian
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:53PM

    shah rukh khan doesn’t deserve India. Recommend

  • Mukund
    Nov 7, 2015 - 7:58PM

    I’m a big time SRK fan, at the same time BJP supporter. I honestly think words were put into his mouth. He is a good man. He is probably distressed by some bad events like many other Indians are but that’s about it. May be my affection for SRK is clouding my judgement, may be not. Recommend

  • Babloo
    Nov 7, 2015 - 8:19PM

    Barkha Dutt is a Pakistani journalist living in India.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Nov 7, 2015 - 8:47PM


    Yes,Barkha.We don’t deserve him.We deserve better ones.T

    Yes the ones who kill hundreds in Gujrat, and kill innocent people over cows. We know the type. Well, you already got them and plenty of them.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Nov 7, 2015 - 9:34PM

    Just take a look of comments by indian hindus at any Shahruk Khan news

    on any indian news website and they will be overflowing with

    filthiest of language against him and his faith.

    These comments reflect the personal

    background of the commentators. Recommend

  • ali
    Nov 7, 2015 - 9:37PM

    @Babloo: you have no clue about her….. she is proud indian. i bet no nationalist like her in your countryRecommend

  • Nov 7, 2015 - 9:50PM

    Khans are trade mark for Pakistan when they are hot in Indian politics; but a bad mark at home.Recommend

  • Asif Khan
    Nov 7, 2015 - 9:52PM

    Shame on you Shah Rukh Khan. Even these Hindus don’t like you so stop calling yourself a Muslim and convert to their idle worshiping religion.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 7, 2015 - 10:11PM

    Can you imagine a Hindu Super Star in Pakistan? Despite all their faults, we should salute Indian tolerance. Honest comment. Recommend

  • maulana diesel
    Nov 7, 2015 - 10:38PM

    The Indians spoke their hearts out. See the hatred in their comments. What a pity. Recommend

  • Khan
    Nov 7, 2015 - 11:25PM

    The comments prove how most indians are brought up and how filthy is their upbringing. Its not their fault, its society and their elders who made them like this as most are uneducatedRecommend

  • Haider
    Nov 7, 2015 - 11:41PM

    Now I can say with a guarantee that the Indian trolls on tribune are mentally retarted and are giving proof what Srk said in that interview…..And these troll say a person doesnt deserve India bcoz he is bringing good name to India Worldwide..A person whose movies are loved in the territories worldwide which others can only dream for..A person who brought many honours to his country…..
    ok For God’s sake stop making your country proud…This is what you impliedly said in your comment…Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Nov 8, 2015 - 12:01AM

    @John: ” … She is a brave lady for taking a hard stand. Now see the vitriol directed at her from majority of her fellow Indians. … ”

    Barkha has delivered a few more million votes to BJP with her molly-coddling of SRK. People, including Muslims want and end to this minority-minority rant that Barkha and her ilk resort to. Infact a close Muslim friend is of the view that Muslims must demand an end to ANYTHING that can be construed to be preferential treatment vis-a-vis people of other faiths. Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Nov 8, 2015 - 12:12AM

    @ali: ” … @Babloo: you have no clue about her….. she is proud indian. i bet no nationalist like her in your country … ”

    Ali, there is a reason for that. All we are saying is that if she takes to the air to protest atrocities against Muslims, she must take to the air when Muslims commit atrocities against non-Muslims. Fair enough ? Recommend

  • Babloo
    Nov 8, 2015 - 12:33AM

    I agree. We don’t deserve Burkha Dutt and Shahrukh. Pakistan deserves them. So when are they moving ? Hafeez Saeed has already tweeted that he would give state welcome.Recommend

  • Shiv
    Nov 8, 2015 - 1:52AM

    Barkha is so infatuated to minorities that she offered herself twice to them!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Nov 8, 2015 - 2:49AM

    Muslims want secularism when in minority ,but sharia when in majority so that they can declare ahmedis non Muslims and not even recognize Hindu marriages.Recommend

  • JSM
    Nov 8, 2015 - 6:08AM

    She is a fixer. Remember Radia tapes.Recommend

  • someone
    Nov 8, 2015 - 6:25AM

    Worlds biggest Muslim movie actor is from intolerant hindu India which has just 180 million Muslims. Now who would believe that. Rest of the Islamic countries , with more than a billion muslims have not produced a star even 1% worth of stardom that Shahrukh Khan enjoys and Indians are called intolerant.Well, I rest my case.Recommend

  • Nov 8, 2015 - 6:34AM

    these so called stars …… & uff enough of their’s razor sharp political advice ……Recommend

  • K Sudhir
    Nov 8, 2015 - 7:01AM

    Barkha has had three husbands-all of them Indian Muslims, so can speak with ‘intimate’ knowledge about how SRK’s mind works! But nobody in India ever takes her seriously!Recommend

  • wb
    Nov 8, 2015 - 7:46AM

    I’m actually disgusted at the way Indians are trying to character assassinate Barkha Dutt.

    She’s one of the finest journalists we have. You may not agree with her views. I don’t agree with a lot of her views. But counter them logically.

    Don’t act like insecure peopleRecommend

  • Ibrar
    Nov 8, 2015 - 7:47AM

    I am concerned that if you continue defining SRK you could have an epileptic seizure. Calm down and take care.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Nov 8, 2015 - 7:53AM

    I have to agree. India does not deserve Shah rukh khan.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Nov 8, 2015 - 8:01AM

    @G. Din:
    Your deep resentment of khans could seriously effect your health while The great Khan will continue to enjoy attention and live an extraordinary luxurious life. His father was a freedom fighter against the colonial power, a contribution which makes him a superior citizen…more than hundreds like you put together. Did you or your father do anything for your country other than saluting the Gora Raj!!Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Nov 8, 2015 - 8:13AM

    That alone shows the distance your imagination can travel to and the type of soul you must be!Recommend

  • SHAH
    Nov 8, 2015 - 9:37AM

    Actually you just learnt that she is a HINDU from HINDUS-tan.. what do you mean indian??? Recommend

  • SHAH
    Nov 8, 2015 - 9:47AM

    Plenty of them and growing… such is the real face of Hindus-tan.. aka Hindia aka india. ; and just wait, its a matter of time.. soon and very soon.. see the show when it begins … and all will see the fabric of so called secularism torn and shredded to pieces; Recommend

  • Alien1
    Nov 8, 2015 - 10:18AM

    very true, we do not deserve him, as this guy cannot act and has never made INDIA proud, he just made money from fools in this country.Recommend

  • Dubya
    Nov 8, 2015 - 12:29PM

    Burkha Dutt ??? whooos that ??Recommend

  • maxim basumatari
    Nov 8, 2015 - 2:36PM

    Why don’t we deserve SRK. We deserve him and we will be watching his movies and support him.Recommend

  • Jovan
    Nov 8, 2015 - 11:25PM

    this is nothing more than a fan girl’s frustration. Mother India has given S.R.K more than what he deserves and his good marketing abilities have won him many fortunes. meanwhile pakistanis have a fetish for cherry picked negatives from other side. the truth is its S.R.K that owe Indians for the great love and respect they have bestowed up on him. this journalist is impared to see that due to her fan-girlism.Recommend

  • Jovan
    Nov 8, 2015 - 11:46PM

    To add further , she should speak for herself. stating all the personal opinions and at the end adding “we” won’t cut. it is a cheap shot and invalidate the genuineness of this renowned journalist. overall its a sham!Recommend

  • hellboy
    Nov 9, 2015 - 6:38PM

    @wb: You can buy this guy in 5cr and like him many are there who will don’t mind entertain
    your barat with their cheap entrainment.Recommend

  • Mohandas
    Nov 10, 2015 - 12:50AM

    She is trying to change her image as Pro India. Because everybody had realised that she was supporting Congress and Pakistan on most of the occasions.Recommend

  • Mohandas
    Nov 10, 2015 - 1:00AM

    She is just trying to change her image. Everybody had realised that she supports Congress and Pakistan on most of the occasions. Just trying to create a good image now.Recommend

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