Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan was briefly detained at the Los Angeles international airport on Thursday, repeating the saga of his frequent detentions everytime during his visit to United States. This time, US envoy in India was quick to apologize and correct the mistake.
“I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” tweeted Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk).
SRK’s original tweet has enraged many in India, though many actors who had been detained in the US often said SRK should not be the exception. “We don’t need to overreact just because this Khan is a Shah Rukh. I don’t think Shah Rukh himself minded the detention. He would never say, ‘I am Shah Rukh Khan, so I should be treated differently,” said Kamal Haasan, who faced similar fate few years ago over his name.
Irrfan Khan, who had experienced detention in New York and Los Angeles airport for secondary interrogation, said: “I was outraged. I was told to quietly come into a room for questioning and identification verification. I wasn’t allowed to talk. When I tried to ask why I was being treated this way, I was told to keep quiet. I wasn’t allowed to use my phone. They said, ‘No, you just sit down.’ All because my name was Irrfan Khan. You can’t argue or rationalize.”
This is not the first time Shah Rukh Khan was detained in the US. Several times in the past, he faced similar treatment, except when he accompanied Ambanis in their special private plane.