As his film My Name Is Khan readies for release tomorrow amid unprecedented security in Mumbai theatres, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan prays for peace and says his integrity is "non-negotiable."
Keeping his fingers crossed, the 44-year-old star also says his stardom is transient and wants a "closure" in the tense row with the Shiv Sena which has threatened to disrupt the film's screening if he does not apologise for his remarks favouring inclusion of Pakistani cricket players in IPL.
"My stardom is transient. My integrity in non negotiable ...My being indian unquestionable...Hope peace prevails. Hope misunderstandings get cleared. Hope nobody is hurt. Hope all leaders & activists have largesse of heart. Hope...," Khan, who is currently in Berlin for the premiere of his film, tweeted.
"nobody wants the Mumbaikers or their property hurt & destroyed. Least of all me." 1,600 Shiv Sena activists have been arrested so far to ensure a peaceful release of the film.
Shah Rukh also said he is making his point clear for the last time and sought closure, praying for peace in the city, which he owes everything to.
"this also is the last time i clarify or say anything on this topic. This is not a justification, its just reiterating the facts," he said.
"I may not have the same ideologies as the sena but on the question of me being a patriot, I dont think there should be any confusion. Feel awful that Balasahib & Udhav have misconstrued my words. The reactions of the sena workers seems to make me believe that (sic)," he said.
The actor also hit out at detractors for alleging that the whole controversy was created to gain publicity for the film ahead of its release.