After Aamir Khan faced a furious backlash post his comments on intolerance in India, Shah Rukh Khan has come out in his support. Shah Rukh was speaking a week after Aamir made headlines for his statement on the alleged ‘growing intolerance’ in the country.
“You don’t have to be proving 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,” Shah Rukh said in an interview to CNN-IBN when asked about the controversy.
Shah Rukh was also attacked after he said intolerance was on the rise in the country earlier in November. Both the actors were branded unpatriotic after they had their say, with social media and right wing activists leading the onslaught.
Aamir fared much worse when he said that a sense of “insecurity” and “fear” was gripping India and his wife Kiran Rao even wondered if the couple should leave India as she was worried for her son. Shah Rukh on Monday came to Aamir’s defence when he said the PK star doesn’t need to prove his patriotism.
Shah Rukh also talked about the role social media played in stoking the fire. “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,” he claimed.
The actor also added how he will not be speaking about controversial issues from now on. “I’m relieved now that I should now talk only about what I know. I need not speak on any and every other topic on which someone feels that I should speak on because I have been around for 25 years,” he asserted during the interview.
Aamir also had to clear the air and said in a statement that he is a proud Indian and has no intentions of leaving the country.