Bollywood shows support for Shah Rukh Khan over his religious intolerance statement

Several Bollywood celebrities including Riteish Deshmukh, Zoya Akhtar and Sudhir Mishra have joined the chorus to support superstar Shah Rukh Khan who has drawn the ire of a section of BJP leaders over his recent ‘growing intolerance in the country’ remark.

“What has happened to Shah Rukh is unfortunate. I have seen the interview. I feel people are taking advantage of his statement and making it an issue,” actor Riteish Deshmukh said on the sidelines of Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday (November 5).

Echoing his sentiments, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra said, “He (Shah Rukh) is a big actor. He is an icon. He talks things softly. It is important to listen to him. He needs to be listened and not abused”.

Extending her support to Khan, director Zoya Akhtar said, “It’s silly that he has to prove his credentials. He is a huge artist. He has billions of people supporting him. He is ok…he is fine”.

Actress Esha Gupta said, “He is an Indian actor who represents India internationally. One should not look into religious things”.


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