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Shah Rukh Khan: 'Controversies sadden, disturb and anger me'

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Shah Rukh Khan has said that controversies surrounding him make him sad and angry.

The actor has been the focus of press and public scrutiny following the publication of an article in Outlook Turning Point magazine written by him entitled 'Being a Khan', in which he described his experience of life as a Muslim post-9/11.

Shah Rukh Khan on the cover of Outlook Turning Points magazine


Speaking to IANS, he said of the controversies: "They all affect me. I am a very educated, sensitive and an extremely private person. So all of them extremely sadden, disturb and anger me in the comfort of my house.

"And what is even more disturbing is that when you go out into the public, you need to behave in a certain way... it is a no-win situation," said Khan.

The 47-year-old star, who had previously been the focus of controversy after an alleged altercation at the Wankhede cricket stadium, said that he is "not very media-savvy".

"The whole ideology of saying the right thing at the right time and the whole PR activity. I have never done it. I am the most media unsavvy person. I say what I feel and I get into trouble for it," he added.

Shah Rukh Khan

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"I have not learnt to deal with it, but I am a good actor and when I come out in the public I deal with [controversy]. But I don't like it - it is embarrassing, saddening and humiliating."

The Jab Tak Hain Jaan star dismissed the furore that arose following comments made by him in the article as "nonsense".

"I don't even understand the basis of this controversy," said Khan. "Ironically, the article I wrote - yes it is written by me - was actually meant to reiterate that on some occasions my being an Indian Muslim film star is misused by bigots and narrow-minded people who have misplaced religious ideologies for very, very small gains. And ironically the same has happened through this article once again."

Khan responded to suggestions made by a Pakistani minister that the actor "could move to Pakistan" or should be given greater security in India by saying: "I would like to tell all those who are offering me unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy. We have an amazing democratic, free and secular way of life."

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