Actor Shah Rukh Khan has rubbished the controversy over his act of lifting a policewoman as part of a dancing sequence with a woman police officer in Kolkata recently and said it should not worry critics as actors over the last 50 years have been dancing with soldiers in the border or the police in uniform on occasions.
Speaking to the press in Mumbai on Monday, Shahrukh Khan said the row was not about the uniform but about a lady in a uniform. “Such distinction between men and women is rubbish and silly,” he said.
He recollected the time when he danced with the soldiers while shooting for his film ‘Veer Zaara’ “At that time, I had danced with jawans in uniform. In the ’60s and ’70s, many actors performed in the border for the jawans to encourage them. For the first time, it’s not about the uniform, it’s about a lady inspector in uniform. This distinction between men and women is rubbish and silly. It should not be even talked about,” Sharukh Khan said.
West Bengal police sub-inspector Sampa Haldar danced with SRK to a popular number from “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” when the top brass and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee watched with surprise.
The event, held at the Kolkata Police’s annual cultural programme at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Saturday, was an impromptu one and the state police is silent over the issue, though some eyebrows have raised over the dance.
But the opposition parties soon reacted to the incident saying the woman police officer should not have danced alongside the Bollywood actor. “How could a police woman in uniform be allowed to dance on stage?” questioned Ritesh Tewari, a BJP leader.
Even the Congress leader adhir Ranjan Chowdhury echoed similar view. “The rules don’t allow a person in uniform to dance.”
Last year, similar incident happened in Andhra Pradesh when a police inspector participated with his wife in uniform to walk the ramp at a fashion show at the spur of the moment.