Ever since news agency ANI shared a video of Shah Rukh Khan's visit to Shirdi, Twitter has been flooded with hate comments criticizing Shah Rukh Khan. “This man must either convert to Hinduism or be banned from entering Hindu temples as a Muslim,” one user wrote. Another called him Rahul Gandhi from Bollywood. “Just like Rahul Gandhi starts visiting every temple before elections, Shah Rukh Khan also starts visiting temples before the release of his films,” he said, drawing a parallel between SRK and the former Congress president. Check out some of the hate comments against SRK below.
However, this criticism is not new for SRK. He has faced a lot of anger and controversy throughout his career. The reasons for this hostility are complex and multifaceted, often based on various factors such as religious identity, political affiliation and even personal prejudices.
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One source of criticism is the polarization of Indian society, where people tend to associate public figures with particular religious or cultural identities. Since Shah Rukh Khan is a Muslim, he has been under scrutiny at times due to his religious background. When he visits a temple, some may dismiss it as a publicity stunt or question his sincerity, while others label him a “kattar Muslim” (hardliner) when he visits religious sites associated with Islam.
It is important to note that these reactions are often based on prejudice, intolerance and a lack of understanding. However, SRK transcends religious boundaries in his fame and represents a symbol of success achieved through talent and hard work. His story embodies the idea that talent in India can overcome religious or cultural barriers to achieve widespread admiration.
He welcomes a harmonious mix of cultures in his family. The actor is married to interior designer and entrepreneur Gauri Khan and their celebrations share the same enthusiasm for all celebrations. During Diwali, Shah Rukh shared a poignant black and white picture adorned with a red tika on his forehead.
Shah Rukh Khan addressed the issue of religious identity in his household and spoke openly about his diverse religious backgrounds. During a guest appearance on the reality show Dance Plus 5, he said eloquently: “Humne koi Hindu Musalman ki baat hi nahi ki. Meri biwi Hindu hai, mai Musalman hoon. Aur just jo bacche hain, where Hindustan hain“(We never talked about Hindu-Muslims. My wife is Hindu, I am Muslim and our children are Indian).
He further discussed the challenges his children faced at school, where they were asked to declare their religion. Shah Rukh recounted an incident with his daughter, who received a warm response when asked about her family's religious affiliation. SRK emphasized the simplicity and inclusiveness of her perspective, stating: “Jab meri beti choti thi, usne aa ke pucha bhi mujhse ek baar, 'papa hum kaun se religion ke hain?' Maine usme ye likha ki hum Indian hi hain yaar, Koi religion nahi hai. Aur hona bhi nahi chahiye“(Once when my daughter was little, she came and asked me, 'Dad, what religion are we?' I simply wrote on her form that we are Indians, we have no religion. And we shouldn't have done that either one).”
Yet public figures often face intense scrutiny in a diverse and culturally rich country like India, where sentiments can run deep. Social and political factors can increase criticism and make personal decisions or actions a point of contention. The words against SRK are not mere barbs; They are echoes of larger societal struggles, clashes of ideologies, and the unfortunate reality of preconceptions that cloud judgment. But amidst the storm, Shah Rukh Khan stands tall and his star continues to shine.
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