Did Indians overreact to Shah Rukh Khan being detained?

By Reuters Staff
August 16, 2009

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was en route to Chicago for a parade to mark Independence Day when he was detained and questioned at Newark airport.

INDIA-USA/KHANAfter a couple of hours’ interrogation, the 43-year-old actor was allowed to make a call, getting in touch with the Indian consulate who vouched for him and secured his release.

The incident sparked uproar among Khan’s fans in India, who vented their anger over the Internet and in protest marches.

This is not the first time an Indian celebrity has had trouble with U.S. immigration officials and security checks.

Last month, U.S-based carrier Continental Airlines apologised to former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for frisking him at New Delhi airport.

On Saturday, Information Minister Ambika Soni said while she could not say if Khan had been detained “on religious grounds, there have been too many instances like these in the U.S. concerning Indians”.

A Times of India report on Sunday said U.S. officials feel some Indian visitors are “needlessly huffy about routine security procedures and there is a broad cultural mismatch”.

Are Indians overreacting? Or is the U.S. taking things a bit too far?

Khan is a celebrity but what about ordinary Indians who travel to the U.S. — do they face racial profiling?


Of course its racial profiling. Ever since 911 happened, Americans think anyone with a Muslim name has to be a terrorist or supports Osama bin Laden.

Posted by kirti | Report as abusive

Al Gore had to go through a security check.


Ted Kennedy had a bad experience.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/0 6/terror/main610466.shtml

These things happen – I remember being frisked real bad along with everyone in Middle East in the 80s.

Grow up SRK and India.

An Indian in US.

Posted by John Haggai | Report as abusive

What’s the big deal. This happens to non-Americans at US airports every day. So he had to wait for a couple of hours — they didn’t lock him up or something? For the record, I am an Indian and have nothing personally against SRK.

Posted by lemming | Report as abusive

Would Americans be upset if Joe Biden was detained in the same manner, or Brad Pitt? Nuff said!

Posted by rhea lahiri | Report as abusive

What’s the big deal that “King” Khan with his King SIZED ego got delayed for 2 hours … grow up King Ego Khan. What’s make him think that he some thing very special. Also, my dear Indians friends, stop screening and shouting over every petty incident. GROW UP INDIANS !!!!

Btw – I too am an indian and have travelled to USA many times. Some times it was smooth sailing and some times it was not !!! So whats the big deal.

Posted by Preetam Singh | Report as abusive

Indians are over emotional people. Even a petty little thing makes them go nuts. This is a no issue and should have not even been discussed by the media.

SRK grow up…..!!!

Anyway, I think, Salman Khan had some thing to do with incident :)

Posted by MyNameIsAlsoKhan | Report as abusive

Get real people, in USA only the sitting president & his cabinet are considered VIP, even Al Gore was twice screened recently with out him making any fuss, no one is above the law here

Indian American from NY

Posted by Vin Raj | Report as abusive

We have too many things to worry about in the US to care about an Indian movie star’s kerfuffle with the New Jersey port authority. So he doesn’t want to touch US soil again? Who cares? We don’t.

Posted by Give it a rest, love | Report as abusive


Posted by PERVEZ | Report as abusive

Would Americans be upset if Joe Biden or Brad Pitt were similarly questioned on a commercial flight? Absolutely not.

We would be upset if they acted like prima donnas though.

Posted by an american | Report as abusive

what if we delayed or frisked hilary clinton secretary of state? how will the Americans react? It’s not ab’t SRK it’s ab’t how they treat us.

Posted by sethu | Report as abusive

It is very unfortunate that TSA agents take things this far and it seems idiotic that an international celebrity was detained for two hours, but this does not only happen to Indians. US airport security is ridiculous for everyone unfortunate enough to have to fly to or in the US, even white US reporters: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/17/watchli st.chertoff/index.html

Posted by Lindsay | Report as abusive

Indians should be proud of US security services. Always Professional, Respectful and Friendly. There is no special treatment for VIPs in American Law and all citizens and visitors are treated according to the law. Many senators, holywood rich n famous get arrested for traffic or other violations.

Any visitor (including SRK and other VIPs) should respect the Law-of-the-Land he is visiting. If SRK wants VIP traetment 24×7, he should stay at home. Don’t blame the security people for doing their duty.

India should have a similar system to protect it’s citizens. Such tight security will save so many Indian lives!

Posted by An India- American | Report as abusive

It’s sad that smart and well traveled person like SRK is blaming security people for doing their job. SRK should stay at home get VIP treatment all day.

My apologies to all security people. Keep up your good work! Harder you work, more secure we are!

Posted by An Indian American | Report as abusive

Well, what if he wasn’t able to make that one call. Probably would have landed in prison…never know. Because he is a celebrity he got through it, what if a normal person went through this ordeal (probably in prison until he is proved innocent). SRK because of his power was able to make it public, which gives US the basis to reconsider their screening procedure.

Posted by anonymous | Report as abusive

Yes. This is a big over reaction. Happens all the time in airports and not just to Indians – to people of all backgrounds including Americans.

Re: Frisking Hillary Clinton? Do you not see the difference between an official visit from an elected official and a “movie star”?

Posted by barbara pfieffer | Report as abusive

Ex-President Kalam didn’t mind going through security and he fully cooperated. Govt came to know abt the incident 3 months later. He understands the responsibility of security officers.

SRK thinks he is bigger than Ex-President Kalam? SRK made some calls to Indian politicians from the airport to save him. Sad and unprofessional that instead of complying to security requirements, he is calling his political friends to save him? With this kind of ethics and integrity, India is not going anywhere. India should abolish this VIP system, all citizens should be treated equal and law should be same for all.

I am an Indian, living in the USA for 12 years. I have nothing other than respect and appreciation for America and it’s legal system. We should have similar professional system in India. When I visited India recently, I had to bribe at least 4 officers to get things done. Because the officers knew I had a short stay and deliberately delayed my applications.

India should change rather than asking America to change. Follow USA!

Posted by An Indian living in the USA | Report as abusive

What’s a big deal if shahrukhan is detained.he has gone there several times to earn money .if he loves money from usa he has to love it’s law also
be sporting king khan

Posted by ulka | Report as abusive

I am an American and I don’t think all Muslims are terrorists but I do think that Airport security is horrible- for all of us. My fiance, a Latin with a UK passport who lives in the states, gets “profiled” every single time we fly to the UK. I am a white American and I get frisked, have been questioned and have had to deal with jerks at the airport. The procedures suck but the fact of the matter is that it’s only a “big deal” when a celebrity gets detained. If Brad Pitt or Joe Biden were detained, we’d be fine. We’d like it as it would show that we’re all going through it. Celebrities and politicians are not Gods, they are humans and they should be treated like the rest of us.

Travelling sucks for most of us, deal with it and keep the headlines for the real horrors such as poverty, oppression, sex trafficking and real news.

Posted by Liza | Report as abusive

The US has to be security-conscious as much as they can considering 911. What if a top mafia guy dressed up like SRK and entered the US? Will India take the responsibility if a fake SRK enters the USA? And Salman said it correctly that this is a routine check that happens at the US. Not to mention, this was a publicity stunt by SRK maybe in collaboration with Fox Film Productions, as they both have an upcoming movie ‘My Name is Khan’ which is based on such incidents happening in USA. This looks like a fake arrangement in the USA for publicising SRK and his movie.. Why else would a country’s top celeb land up in Newark and not NYC? Because maybe the setup was easy at Newark.. Moreover SRK went there for an unsolicited function, didn’t he?



The issue is not that Mr.Khan was detained for 2 hours. The issue is that he was detained for simply being a Muslim and having the name Khan. The US which does this racial/religious profiling accuses India of being discriminatory towards Muslims and Christians. That is the greatest comedy.

Posted by Shaan | Report as abusive

The concern isn’t about the frisking that was done. The concern is why is this restricted only to certain people. DO IT FOR EVERYONE, every single person entering the country. DO NOT SINGLE OUT ANYONE based on their NAME or COLOR.

Posted by Rakesh Mehra | Report as abusive

This was required. Otherwise how would you realize the severe lack of intelligence in the system? Some people who have no respect for great achievers don’t see any problem in this, citing system. What kind of system is this, where you can not recognize a world figure, a person whom billions know all over the world? I would like to know the algorithm behind picking him up. People who have cited names that have had to go thru security system are diverting; it is not going thru security check, it is picking him up as their intelligence(?) suggested, and detaining for questioning. The officials are saying that they did not detain him, just were questioning, for 66 minutes. Imagine Biden or Brad pitt being questioned at New Delhi airport for 66 minutes by indian officials, suspecting them to be terrorists. Some say it happens to many people. Is that a justification? Why not outsource the system for better intelligence?

Posted by quark | Report as abusive

“what if we delayed or frisked hilary clinton secretary of state? how will the Americans react? It’s not ab’t SRK it’s ab’t how they treat us.”

It’s called security. It has absolutely nothing to do with “the way americans treat indians” it has to do with the fact that American’s don’t treat celebrities as though they are incapable of being a threat. Also, I’d never heard of this man until this issue came to light, so its highly likely that when Khan said “I’m a celebrity” the guy who stopped him rolled his eyes and thought if not said, yeah right. Trust me, I get a couple of dozen people a day who try to play the “I’m related to your boss, your mother in law, someone famous.”

Posted by Katrina | Report as abusive

Indians consider it a symbol of status to have the ability to avoid being frisked or in any other way harassed when flying to the states. Many politicians and stars will obtain VIP status in order to avoid this.

Posted by me | Report as abusive

it not frisking people that is the problem. These procedures have existed since mass/public airports existed. It is only culture/race/reliong dynamics that have started to intensify since the end of the cold war. It is only the ambitious dogs we put in charge that see in their best interest to create fear, propoganda, and paranoie by overstepping their role of authority. In this case of the India star, its was TSA.

Posted by dcacct | Report as abusive

I think it is now time for us in India to squash any VIP treatment to so many people except sitting Prime Minister, his cabinet and President of India. Enough of misuse and making big deal of these egoist stars and politician. Get real people, learn to live what is life for a common man. Security checks are for security of common men, learn to respect rights of common men.

Posted by Sujeet | Report as abusive

Those posting that SRK got delayed for two hours and he should get over it, you dont get it, do you?

Its not about being delayed, but infact being detained and asked question for 1-2 hours on the basis of your surname and surname only, no evidence, no suspicious behaviour what so ever.

And yes i do believe that Indians over react in evey situation possible (comming from an indian in Australia)

Al Gore can not be compared to SRK, ask yourself has Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt ever been questioned?

Posted by Sim | Report as abusive

2 hours? should have take maximum of 15-30 minutess, not to forget that SRK only got released when the Indian Authorities intervened.

Algore went through a security check which when for 10-15minutes NOT 2hrs questioned without being allowed to have any contact with anyone for 2hrs.

You think this is justifiable? It not about anyone ego or whatnot.

Posted by Jess | Report as abusive

it was not TSA agents..it was custom officers. and i can guarentee you American custom officers treat the public better than Indian custom officers. i’m white, been held up in India a lot longer than two hours (custom officers report states it was only 66 min by the way). SRK is a wuss!

Posted by joannasmith | Report as abusive

What’s the big deal in asking the questions… they are doing there work… Security is of high priority.. there shouldn;t be any discrimination between comman people & stars.. or even politicans…..
Please stop acting like childs…

Posted by Navin | Report as abusive

Pevention is better than cure.TSA is just trying to do their job. If it were India’s security concern will they not detain any one being flagged??.I believe SRK should convey to the media and the public that its okay to be searched and calm the unnecessery publicity of his so called image.We love him as an actor/ star but grow up SRK there are more priorities to take care of,and spread a goodwill.

Posted by Dinesh G s | Report as abusive

This is never happened ti Angelina Jolie when they visit ti India.


before 911 attacks the security at the airports was lax. i know when i used to come form india, i used to think india is one country that does lot of security . but americans were forced to catch up and even surpass.
it is something they are doing to keep their nation and the flying safe.

2 hours of questioning is very common. being asked to move separately to question is not detaining. they have done this to hindus also, they have questioned any kind of people with kids or infants. they usually give u a space to sit and aks you to answer. it usually takes time because they do some checks simultaneously.

it is not some kind of annoying mental game like law and order questioning.

khan is getting to know how people go thru. he thinks he is king khan every where in the world. you got your chance to come down to earth shah rukh.

Posted by vivek | Report as abusive

Many of Indian arguing that If US celebrity has been frisked how US will react. One thing is sure for US people they don’t demonstrate such aggression for any of their hero who has to suffer a little as an hour to follow the law. This bollywood star will understand how other people will feel to make them wait for hours & hours on any stage shows or film sets. As far as last name Khan, Muslim people are whining about profiling. Unfortuantely 9/11 & 11/26 masterminds are Muslims only. For US nothing is above law , not religion nor celebrity – including US own celebrity , vice presidents. One thing is surprisingly in favor of Sharukh this turns to be good marketing plot for his film. If he is so prejudiced to US better don’t sell rights to US.

Posted by Indian | Report as abusive

I respect Mr Khan as an actor but I don’t think this incident deserves the kind of attention it is getting. We have this persecution complex and need to get rid of it

Posted by SJ | Report as abusive

lol VIPs are not abouve the law. SRK is a human and not anything else. The Indian government made a big mistake asking the US to explain why SRK had to stop for a security check. Its foolishness to when a STUPID GOVERNMENT asks a SMART GOVERNMENT the reason why a fool was investigated . LOL …………

Posted by J.S.A | Report as abusive

Shahrukh himself says that this is not the first time.
So, why is it that this controversy has has surfaced when his movie ‘My name is khan’ is on the blocks.
Wow! he is really a businessman, he knows how to promote things.

Posted by Nitesh | Report as abusive

I understand the need to be vigilant. I also understand the need to treat everyone equally. What I don’t understand is how long does it take the CBP to know whether Shahrukh Khan is really who he claims he is.

Posted by Nitin Saini | Report as abusive

I strongly believe the hue-and-cry about Shahrukh Khan’s detention at Newark airport is related to up-coming movie “My Name is Khan”.

This is not the first time people have been stopped for security checks at airports and certainly not the last. Shahrukh himself says he has gone through such treatment before.

So the question to be asked here is why all the fuss this time? and the answer is quite simple… his next film “My Name is Khan” which has a story-line similar to this treatment.

Posted by Gajendra | Report as abusive

Congrats Shah Rukh, For the free publicity of the next film. As long as people fight if its right or wrong, you win!


SRK kickstarts a gr8 PR strategy 4 his upcoming movie “My Name Is Khan” by blowing the US airport drama out of proportion in his usual style

It is sad SRK is mixing religion in the US airport delay. It is very irresponsible & selfish of him to act like this to promote a film


It happened on right time with right person, now Americans would undersatnd, how important is SRK for india. SRK is not as like a movie star in Hollywood ( mostly loose charactor), he is a Global icon for india.

Posted by Eram | Report as abusive

Yes agree SRK is not above the law – but the immigration should have some mechanism to verify quickly a person who claims to be a celebrity. Is it a case of US overreacting to terrorist threats ??!! – they do deals with Taliban, Osama is freely roaming in Pakistan – despite an independant ageny pointing out his location and phone calls, they do business with Bin Laden family ??!!,. Does it take more than 30 minutes to know if he is really SRK ?? – even Kerala Police will not take that much time to identify an Anjelina Jolie or Brad Pitt etc.

Posted by Biju | Report as abusive

Yes. Looks like SRK has vested interested in stirring the emotions back home and for him, a great deal of publicity is coming at free of cost.

Posted by Mk | Report as abusive

When Emran Hashmi cried discrimination against Muslims SRK was the first person to deny any discrimination against him.

Why is he then blowing this regular checkup out of proportion? SRK is big in India, but outside India against Hollywood stars who are a global icon he doesnt stand a chance.

Wake up SRK u r just big in India, outside India only Indians (and their friends) know you.

Posted by Chinmaya | Report as abusive

No, I think we should have done much more. I would say we should react every time a top level guy is mistreated in other country. Not just US it should be same for every country.

Apart from this the special previlages given to foregin dignitories ( not refering to official visiting for official purpose, but movie starts, politicians, sports persons).

Looks like we go over board to given the special treatment (royal treatment) when some white guy comes to india.

Come on we got indepandance long back, have to retain the respect and pride. Dont start behaving like slaves befor whites persons even in our own country

Posted by Rajeev | Report as abusive

Well Mr. Khan, It was only after 9-11 did all this Airport security get tightened. So why is it the fault of the American immigration officers. Blame it on the 9-11 people.

Posted by SD | Report as abusive

yes…why are we bothering unnecessarily…Let them do their immigration checkups as they want..and this guy should go through as normal checkups……If he does not like it , should not go there…..that is it…..

Posted by geo | Report as abusive

Biju, kerala police will be busy officiating a strike in kerala. they have no time to angie or brad .

Posted by vivek | Report as abusive

Americans were just following their law.Indians always over react to such things.They expect a VVIP treatment even from others.May Shah Rukh was upset because he did not get a salute from those USA officials as he is used to get in India from all sorts of officers.
Law is equal for all and this could be the reason why There is no terrorist attack after 9/11 in USA because of strigent implimentation of security but here in India where laws are for the common man and not a VVIP ,terrorists strike at will and kill almost every day.Of course in our country a dreaded dacoit could become an MLA or MP and the irony is those who were chasing these murderers day and night in ravines now have to salute the same person after being elected as an MP and obey their orders whether right or wrong
as an obedient servant.This can happen in India only.
Jai Ho.

Posted by ram | Report as abusive

This guy is very very smart..
He don’t leave in present he live in future and know quite well what going to happen..
Combined togather it all looks to me a publicity stunt. And for media a good story for some time…

Posted by Rakesh | Report as abusive

This is simple marketing stunt by SRK…. Many people go through additional security check at US airport just to make sure that he is not illegally entering in country or has some bad intentions. And about profile based on the religion, fact is 90% terrorist across globe are muslims…so chances of selecting these people are more than other…SRK you are big in India that to people watching hindi movies…I won’t be surprised if people don’t recognize you in south India.

Posted by Raj | Report as abusive

Mr.SRK can be super star in Bollywood , but it doesn’t mean he should be know internationally. Some times we over react. Only in India rules and policies will change based on status , not in all the places across the world. I think US has done what should be done as per the policies and procedures.I am not sure whether SRK had required documentation?

Posted by Parthi | Report as abusive

I think Americans are behaving smart. Its only their security which is important not others. They care damn about others.

Posted by srini | Report as abusive

The question here is not about the publicity stunt neither is of the dignity of a celebrity but about the mindset of so called secular country who is unwilling to accept the way of commonsense and logic but to work on computerized protocol.
I mean if u were that US custom official and the person at front of your desk is saying that he is a very well known actor wouldn’t you had mind confirming it when it takes only a few seconds to do so? especially when it was said that he had all the required papers in order! What was it that required him to be detained for 2hrs (if not surname) while others walked out? 2hrs time is nothing for us but what about a celebrity for whom time is money? It was absolutely unnecessary. What was the need for Indian embassy to intervene? And what if it hadn’t?

Posted by Gaurav | Report as abusive

shahrukh is our hero and america come up as a villian in 2nd half. hey guys its a wake up call for all of u, plss dnt look into the religion aspect the roots r very very deep, its not about “khan”. its all abot showing superioriety, arrogance, proud by humilating at the sake of fake terrorism which they are creating in the whole world. its nothing but a controvercy created by americans to harrass everyone and anyone they feel like….
Pls stop pretending americans. we honour u wenevr u r our guest, dnt act smart otherwise things wod b different tomorrow… trust we indians…

Posted by RAVI | Report as abusive

I was in USA last month, my second visit in recent years and used six different airports this time. I started from Manchester in UK. Even in Manchester it took the airline staff at least five times compared to others to determine I am who I am and not presumably a security threat. I protested and the staff at least had the grace to appear embarrassed. In all airports in USA, however, my search took at least twice or may be three times longer than the caucasian co-passengers. I became so curious once in the Indianapolis airport (I had time) that in thirty minutes I counted one black lady and all south asians (or at least appearing so) went through a special search. Add to this a rudeness amongst CBP staff that I have not seen anywhere else in four different continents. I have wondered in the past how disempowering CBP training must be that makes people lose their normal politeness to a fellow human being.

My point is, I suspect, almost all men of south asian origin have probably faced this sometime in USA. SRK incident, unfortunately is probably an expression of this impotent and fruitless anger. It may be an overreaction but it’s probably the only legitimate protest at this regular humiliation.

Posted by Ayan | Report as abusive

SRK is a world icon for god’s sake.Newsweek once reported him as the most viewed star , he was much above the hollywood’s own tom cruise. USA security ppl shud not hav done this with him.its a shame for both the nations .feeling really sorry for the suffering of the biggest movie star in the world.even if he doesnt want an apology the US shud giv him a big one.

Posted by Souptik | Report as abusive

Everything is not as it seems… Yes there is some sort of racisim here…. There is difference in a way a Gora gets treated and a Non Gora gets treated…. Try crossing the Candian American border The treatment is definetly different….

Posted by SunSkit | Report as abusive

Are people really so dumb? Security procedures are there for everyone’s safety and if you are in the same plane you would certainly prefer to go through all necessary checks rather than have yourself blown up in the sky. Moreover, the reason for detention was Mr SRK’s baggage was unaccompanied in another plane and they had to make sure that plane landed safely before letting him go. There is no racism and there is no other ism as many like to believe. Such a waste of time!

Posted by Uday | Report as abusive

see A.P.J. Abdul Kalam too had the same behavior from US people but the way he behaved is Like a great man of india. but SRK’s Action confirmed that he’s an great actor even befor public. Funny Guy.


Guided and egged on by a half-witted and ill-informed media, it hasn’t taken Indians anytime to go around screaming that the sky is falling. The New Ark Immigration officials have clarified that Khan’s luggage had not arrived and he was made to wait till it arrived, as per procedure. Khan has not denied this.

Sensing an opportunity for free publicity,however, Khan jumped on the discrimination band wagon immediately. After all, he’s got a new release bearing his name coming up and he hasn’t missed any occasion since the incident to point out that he was detained because his name is Khan!

Posted by Kochu Thampy | Report as abusive

It is stupidity to create fuss over security check -up just bcoz he is an actor, many big and famous have gone through it,and the comman man goes very often,but it is bcoz of this attitude we have security breaches in INDIA and things like swine flu coming in.Somethings should be left to follow their own course.

Posted by Puja | Report as abusive

Yes, certainly it is an over reaction. Be a Roman in Rome. We should not be impolite to any of our guests who visit India whether American or other. Let our officials be polite but very professional in dealing with security aspects that is where we should learn from others.

Posted by U S Manyam | Report as abusive

in a country where we talk so much about equality….. that is embeded in our constitution like one of the guiding lines. we should come to face it before proclaiming it. had the same thing happened to a common man…it would have definitely not hit the headlines……. not everyone is responsible for terrorism …but when u stand at a place of security check……u are no different than a common man n u will have to comply by it to respect the integrity of the established systems….. i dont think it is such a big deal

Posted by Prachi | Report as abusive

why we indian have such a low self esteem.that everybody kicks us and we say nothing.weshould salut shahrukh at least he has shown his unhappiness.we should also frisk american and come out of colonial servile mentality


i definitely think so that people overreacted on srk’s detention…..law is made for everyone all are equal on the eyes of law.


We all know that US has very good database, would not be surprised to know if they have all the data available at India’s passport office too. In any case US would definately have data regarding all the visitors who visited and even take a figer print.

It looks rediculos on US security agencies to stop any person who had been a frequent visitor to US and the passport show all the entry stamps with dates etc.

More over most of the visitor while taking visa would have already given the details of their profession and other details without which Visa would not be issued.

Do you think they cannot verify the details available ? As you know airline do a passenger profiling even before they board the fight.

So where does the question aries about mistaken identity? I do feel the US security agencies made a mistake, might be purposefully.

And the people reaction is justified to get the attention.

Unless we complain no one would take notice.

Posted by Rajeev | Report as abusive

Actually there is no need to make such a loud noise. It is quite normal and routine security practice.

Posted by Gunashakar | Report as abusive

to me, it is just a publicity stunt before the lanch of ‘My Name is Khan’ movie,, and it cannot be better than this. Just damn lame old politics of publicity!

Posted by Little Indian | Report as abusive

We indians have got and inherited an habit for allowing others to humiliate us and then say its part of procedures. Is it also a part of security procedure that some Indians will be detained and grilled for 4 hours? if so why Indian agencies also do not “follow” the west and grill every american coming to India?

Posted by rahul | Report as abusive

I feel it’s a publicity tactic by SRK to support it’s forthcoming flick My Name is Khan….I feel SRK is following Rakhi Sawant tactics these days….

Posted by Rahul Malhotra | Report as abusive

why is this a great debate ? mark it great crappy debate.

Posted by vivek | Report as abusive

Q. What did the US authorities tell Shahrukh Khan after he was detained at Newark airport?

A. Yes, we Khan.

Posted by Bottles | Report as abusive

America is not surrounded by a volatile neighbourhood. India is. Hence, to say, security measures have been successful in USA and not in India is not looking at things in proper perspective.

For most Americans and many others, Muslims are looked upon suspiciously. For Muslims, Americans are not to be trusted. This is tit for tat. The crusades.

It should not be forgotten that the Osama bin Laden and his ilk are a creation of the USA. Everything stems from it.

As and Indian, I feel troubled that a US immigration man can abuse me. USA likes to believe it is a civilized nation. Some say in Middle east, travel is very restrictive. But one knows before hand that it is so. USA is the champion of liberty. Should set a better example.

Let’s not forget if Red Indians had an immigration policy in place, American story might have been different.

Also, just 150 years ago or about, large chunks of land were grabbed from Mexico – now called california and around. Almost 40% of today’s America.

The history of white man, as the noted author Joseph Conrad has said, has been of stealing, looting and grabbing from chinky eyes, dark skin, yellow skin etc.

Sharukh episode just highlights the travails. In a strange way, they chose the right person. US is the eventual loser. The damage done to US reputation is phenomnal, atleast in India.

In the era of globalisation, this will eventually count. Let us not forget, India is a strong lender to the US. Cheap credit flows from Indian savings as well.

With Kalam episode, Sharukh episode, questions are being asked seriously. People are now wary of USA. Business compulsions still make them do the trade talk. But as US economy limps, instead of earning the world’s goodwill, it is doing the opposite.

Non americans who have a job in USA, say it is a routine and we should accept it.

I am not sure of today but till a very recent past, western passengers in an airline crash used to get a higher insurance than the non-whites – presumably, white man’s life is more expensive.

Posted by delhidjinn | Report as abusive

Un-necessary fuss created by media


Shah Rukh is a huge star in India and around the world, but that’s not the important matter. What counts is that we Americans have been so mentally brainwashed to suspect anyone who looks or sounds like “the other”, that we have descended to this. There are lots of folks out there in the world and most are not terrorists. BTW, I was on the “no fly list” too a couple of years ago, possibly because I have a funny name. It was one of the biggest hassles of my life and does not create good will for the US, nor safety either. Seriously, how many plots has all this shoe checking, no liquid carrying, funny-name detaining activity thwarted? I say they should just employ lots of sniffer dogs, sophisticated electronic detection scanning equipment on all luggage, and have plenty of air marshalls on board. Let us leave our shoes on, our gift bottles of wine in the carry aboard, and our foreign sounding names off the suspect list.

Posted by Entera | Report as abusive

this are the people who have not job but to do any thing
for the sake of some fanatics. If you take a look at
the pircture in this article it is evident that it has
some sort of relegious mix too. When will people of india learn to distingush good and evil.



Posted by DevD | Report as abusive

America is only doing what they do.

Indians are definitely over reacting. Everytime something bad happens they burn efergies (i know i dont know how to spell it before someone comments on it) but thats not just an Indian thing it happens all over Asia.

You could say though there response is ok considering when anything happens to Jewish people they are automatically classed as “Anti-Semetic”.

Posted by James | Report as abusive

i wouldnt mind srk getting questioned for 15min but 2 houres is a bit too long. all u need is a latop and all u need to write is his name on google and ull know who he is. stupid idiots questioned an interntional hero,star and almost a king like figure in asia for 2 hours just becoz they didnt like his name. next obama goes to india they better check him aswell.

Posted by a muslim | Report as abusive

Routine check – I’m an indian living in America and honestly, I’ve travelled through the faster lane many times while other “white” people have been detained in the slower line.

It’s a procedure – whether it is ineffective is definitely debatable but racist – def not. Besides, as a Muslim (now atheist) it shames me to say that, to a certain extent, racial profiling is justified IMO given that 90% of terrorists are unfortunately Muslim.


some of u r saying that srk is not bigger than hollywood stars well sorry to prove u wrong but 6.5billion people know srk world wide. thats 2billion ahead of any hollywood star so stfu and get ur facts right.

Posted by SRK | Report as abusive

That’s terrible, when will we put a stop to this nonsense. Yes, I understand that we need to protect our country, but if he says he’s a STAR, then let him go by w/o any hassles. What will he think of we as Americans?


shame on your part Mr. Shahrukh khan .You used india\’s name to promote your movie \”My Name is Khan \” . Do you think we are fool and we can\’t understand, that nothing has happened there. It was just a promotion but you used our countries name and our identity to promote your bloody film .
Shame on You. I\’ll literally boycott You
shame on You

Posted by SAHIL | Report as abusive

India can learn a few things on security especially after the terror attacks last year. SRK and no other bollywood actor is above any law in any other foreign country..just cuz he gets VIP in India doesnt mean this applies to the whole world. The US actually has laws which they implement and enforce. The people in India need to get over it and need to stop being so dramatic and emotional. If he didnt like his treatment or if the rest of you didnt then dont come to the US. SRK also will not get an apology..the US has nothing to apologize for…the customs officers were doing their jobs. Hopefully from this experience SRK’s ego can slightly come down but I doubt it will.

Posted by Exoticbeauty | Report as abusive

Why do indians like US money? All over the world people dislike US but they all want american currency…even SRK. And of course he coming back to the US…for the MONEY!!!! Get over it India and get over it SRK…my praise to the US customs agents..keep up the good work…and SRK you are not getting your apology even bribing the US President wont get you an apology to make your ego feel better.

Posted by Indian in Canada | Report as abusive

I am a Muslim and travel several times out of Newark each year. Security has been strict at Newark post 911 and SRK has blown this issue out of proportions. I think SRK may have thrown star tantrums at the immigration officials for a delay but they give a damn even though he maybe a super star in some part of the world. Don’t be a cry baby – SRK!

Posted by Inspector Fox | Report as abusive

This was a cheap publicity stunt for his upcoming movie….Shahrukh Khan needs to be flogged in public to be honest.

With luck running out (all of his recent movies have been flops or average) and his list of tinsel town foes (Big B, Aamir, Salman, Akshay….and many more) increasing by the day, I am not at all surprised that Shahrukh has to resort to these tricks to attract public attention.

Shame on you Shahrukh….you have disgraced the entire nation by your despicable acts.

I will surely not be watching your movies for a long time to come now….and there are scores of people who share my views!!

Posted by Mystic Man | Report as abusive

well i think any nations security stands the priority but they should also consider the vip’s and their repo , specially after what i came to know about mr.apj abdul kalam i was shocked.. come on man … now this was the matter srk is just a celebrity but sir apj abdul kalam is really honorable..


If he has been questioned this time, he would have been questioned earlier also,he made it public because he wanted some publicity mileage for his new movie out of it,Can the US Immigration authorities please give us the details if he questioned earlier too?

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Posted by ASHOK | Report as abusive

Funny side of this story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VvMX9nng 4Y

Posted by Indian | Report as abusive

it’s cheap publicity stunt by the actor. There is no doubt in that immigration officers were doing their job. Especially since majority of terroist in the world has name khan or omar or abdullah, no one can blame the US officials for doing their duty India US relationship shouldn’t be affected because of this.

Posted by Roy Rogers | Report as abusive

This is nothing but a cheap publicity. These bollywood Stars do have close relationship with people like Dawood Ibrahim, who is the mastermind behind many terrorist activities in India. There is no wonder if these bollywood stars are found to be working for them. We should apreciate US security agencies for the strict standards they maintain. One do not need any explanation on why there was no jihadi activities in USA after 9/11

Posted by Roopesh | Report as abusive

Cheap publicity. Who cares if you are a superstar in India. In th eyes of Newark Airport security, nobody is a superstar. If you do not like US hassling you then do not come to the US. I care lessa aboutyour moviesw as I dont know you anyway. You can be a star in that part of the world but here in the USA you are NOBODY !!! Look at you fans rallying behind you. They are all stupid people !!!

Posted by pok pok | Report as abusive

Yes indians overreacted..
They should stop treating these stars politicians like VIPs. I am very happy that Americans take security concern very seriously and no discrimination between common man and so called stars..
Kudos to american security
keep up d gud work :)

Posted by rahul | Report as abusive

They should stop treating these stars politicians like VIPs.


I care lessa aboutyour moviesw as I dont know you anyway.


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