He is one of the most sought after celebs not just in India, but worldwide. He can be considered an intellectual in the industry but is often criticised for voicing his opinions out. Why? Because he is an actor.
Khan's recent statements during a CNN-IBN interview seem to justify this belief; every time he takes a stance on an issue, it puts him the limelight for all the wrong reasons. It was not Dilwale (his upcoming Bollywood film) that SRK talked about in his recent interview but his views on Aamir Khan in the light of the intolerance debate and many such things.
Although he didn't comment on the entire outrage directly, he said that Aamir Khan was "misquoted" over the issue.
Here are the four other significant things that he said recently:
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"You don't have to prove your patriotism in any other way, except for thinking good for the country and doing good. You have to work for the benefit of the country.
If I work for the country in the most kindest way in what I am good at, my country is going to benefit from that. But if I am corrupt, and regional about it, I will be harming my country."
"Twitter and social media is about free voice, people do take very radical steps, they get abusive. Even a generic statement can be turned into radical statements by people."
"I have never been disappointed. It is not a medium to have a deep conversation. "Since people take a very radical stand sometimes and start jumping the gun and at the end when you don't know what to say, you resort to teri **ki, etc."
"You realise even a generic, logical thing can be turned around into a radical statement. I think I should only speak on matters to do with my work."
Reportedly, he also said that he has now learned to say that 'this question is not for me' on issues that he thinks are not related to his work. However, he thinks that barring abuse to one's daughter and sister, a person has to be ready to take criticism and backlash.
-- Text by Vineeta Kumar