Refusing to be drawn into the debate over Valentine's Day celebrations, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday called for the need for a liberal stand on the issue.
"Instead of taking a literal meaning that Valentine's Day is not an Indian festival, one should understand the essence of what it conveys about spreading happiness, goodness and love," Khan told reporters during a promotional event for his forthcoming film "Billu Barber" that will hit theatres later this week.
Moral policing is a personal and subjective issue and I condemn anything that is "anti-women", he said.
The actor said he did not wish to take sides in the ongoing debate over Valentine's Day and that included the controversy involving the Sri Ram Sene in Karnataka.
Events like Valentine's Day are to think about a friend and say I care for you. It is an occasion to think of love and relationship, to think of someone you care for, he said.
The release of a film is also a celebration like Holi and Diwali and provides us reasons to have a community gathering, recall old friendship and forge new ones. These events are a cause to celebrate, Khan said.