CHOOSING TO “stand by” his comments over “growing intolerance” in India, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan Tuesday said he did not say anything to apologise for, asserting his remarks were “misconstrued, misrepresented and misinterpreted”.
In Kolkata to promote his latest release ‘Dilwale’, Khan said, “I have not said anything I would apologise for. I won’t deny but I have been reading messages on the social media. Perhaps the film was not screened (in Rajasthan and MP for the first two days) because of this. I have been an actor for 25 years and I have received love from every corner of the country, irrespective of region, religion, caste, creed, gender. The only way I can return the love is through my work. I try my best to do that.
“But it is saddening (when something like this happens) and perhaps it stems from what I say. To be honest though, a lot of the things I say are misconstrued, misrepresented and misinterpreted. I am not someone who will sit here and say I have any issue with the tolerance or intolerance,” he said.
The actor regretted that people “perhaps did not understand what I meant to say or maybe I couldn’t explain properly”. “Anyone who feels bad about it (the comments), I regret it completely…. As an Indian, I am very proud to have worked hard to make people smile,” he said.
On ‘Dilwale’ not opening in theatres at certain places in the country, Khan said, “I feel extremely sad. I don’t need to vouch for who I am, what I stand for but I feel very sad that the work sometimes gets tainted like this. It is too hurtful to know that something we make to give happiness to people would somehow turn into something that becomes controversial or tainted.”
The actor avoided commenting on the release of juvenile in the December 16 gangrape case. “I will be honest. I am not going to answer anything which is a serious issue on a platform like this. At this point, I am completely at a wrong place, at a wrong time,’ he said.