Actor Shah Rukh Khan's recent detention at the US airport may have invited a lot of criticism but John Abraham, who too got detained in 2009, believes it is justified. "Every country does its due diligence. Getting into India for foreigners is like hell… it's not easy. The US is also doing whatever they can to make their country safe, so it is justified. It all depends on how personally you take the issue, and Shah Rukh handled it with a lot of grace," said the actor, who was in the Capital to promote his first production, Vicky Donor.
However, John agrees that the way American authorities treat Asians is up for debate.
"I have been in that detention space, where the (Federal Bureau of Investigation) FBI was called in because I had Afganistan mentioned in my passport, as I had shot there for two months for my film Kabul Express. There wasn't much hue and cry about this as I never wanted to use the incident as a media peg for the film. I was in for six hours and I was asked the strangest questions. And of course, Shah Rukh would agree that racial profiling could be a pretty much correct term for it (interrogation) because its mostly coloured people who are detained," said John who believes the procedure has a good and a bad side to it.
Reacting to reports about working with SRK in filmmaker Farah Khan's next, he said, "It will be an honour, but I've not been approached so far. Farah did inform me about it when she was conceptualising it years ago, and if it is any indicator of what the film is now, it's a superhit, irrespective of whether I am doing it or not."
The actor trashed all reports about doing an item number with ex-girlfriend, Bipasha Basu in his upcoming film Shootout At Wadala. "I have no knowledge of any such item number," said John, 39, who is in a happy space, both professionally as well as personally. "I would want to start a family. It is a great thought. I have been quite a bohemian, but there is a turning point in everyone's life and I hope this is mine."
Actors react to Shah Rukh Khan's airport trouble
Questioning is fine, but to do it deliberately is wrong. These people should be made aware about SRK.
Indian government should gift iPads to USA so their immigrations can use Google and check who they are detaining.
I've been stopped many times at the immigration. They check something on their computer and their perception changes