Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said on Monday there was “extreme intolerance” in India. Khan’s comments came at a time when a debate has erupted over ‘growing intolerance’, with many writers and filmmakers returning awards they received to protest against the government.
“People put words in the air even before thinking,” Khan said at a Twitter town hall organised by a media house. “Intolerance religiously, not being secular in this country is the worst crime you can do as a patriot,” he added.
At the town hall with India Today television channel, Khan also talked about his stand on the issue of returning awards. When asked if he will return an award to take a stand, Khan said, “I have not been in a situation like that. But I respect the people. If they think this gesture is going to turn things around, it is very brave, very honest.”
As far as I am concerned, I have not participated in something as meaningful as they have.