Country has chosen Modi as leader, we all should support him: Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan appeared on India TV show Aap Ki Adalat during which he spoke to Rajat Sharma about how his sentiments get hurt when he is made to say that he belongs to this country, or to prove his patriotism, confessing that “sometimes I feel very sad… feel like crying”.

Shah Rukh Khan said,

I am a patriot, rather we all are. We do not have to compete with other to say we are patriots… I will tell all young people to be tolerant, be happy, work hard and take this nation forward. Small, petty matters should not harm our nation’s interest.”

Shah Rukh Khan said,

I am a patriot, rather we all are. We do not have to compete with other to say we are patriots… I will tell all young people to be tolerant, be happy, work hard and take this nation forward. Small, petty matters should not harm our nation’s interest.”
Talking about his latest release Fa, he said, “We are one of the safest and most beautiful nations in the world. We should not tie ourselves in petty obscurantist issues… Whether my film is a hit or not, I want to say for the last time, I will not repeat it, that there is no patriot greater than me in this country. Our country, our motherland, Bharat Mata, we all love it, why should we have a talk like this… I am the most proud Indian in the world because nobody has got more from this country than me.”

When asked about the sensitive issue of politics and that he had supporters in Congress who were intent on “fixing” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he says that “Meri kya majaal, kisi ko fix karoon (how can I dare to think I can fix anyone). You know me over the years, I am apolitical, though I have friends everywhere… I would like to state here very clearly, when we choose a leader of our country, whoever it may be, as great as Mr Modi, all we have to do is to support him. Our nation has chosen him with a majority, so we have to support our leader and take the country forward and not be negative.”

The intolerance debate had raged far and wide last year and often, Shah Rukh Khan found himself at the centre of the row for the remarks he made. He was also slammed by BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who although, retracted the statement later on, stating that “I never called Shah Rukh Khan an anti-national. What I had said was, ‘Shah Rukh Khan may live here, but his heart lives in Pakistan’. I even tweeted a few times about this… As far as taking back my statement is concerned, I never said I was wrong. I merely stated that my party wants me to retract my statement.”

Khan claims that his comments had been quoted out of context, and he maintains that religion, caste, colour or creed should not hurt the interests of the country, adding that “my family itself is a mini-India.”