New Delhi: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan recently stirred a serious controversy with his remarks on ‘growing intolerance' in the country.
Shah Rukh had said that he would return his awards as a symbolic gesture to protest against the religious intolerance in the country, if the situation demanded so.
While the superstar garnered support from the film fraternity for voicing his opinion on the issue, he received intense political backlash and was even termed as an ‘agent' of Pakistan.
Amidst all this, we didn't see Shah Rukh Khan coming out in his own defence, but now the Bollywood superstar has finally broken his silence over the controversy in an interview to a leading daily.
Talking to the daily, Shah Rukh straight away denied that he ever said that India is intolerant.
“I talk about something and it is misconstrued, and I get into trouble. That's a nuisance. Like that thing which blew up recently – I never said India is intolerant.”
Moreover, King Khan, as he is known by fans, asserted that he never wanted to talk about it and it was like a mountain made out of a mole hill.
“When I was asked about it, I said I wouldn't like talking about it, but when they insisted, I had just said that the youth should concentrate on making this a secular, progressive country. It is just that people like to believe what they want to believe,” he said.
The 50-year-old megastar further added that his statements are moulded for political purposes and he is upset with this because he didn't mean it.
“Misconstruing my words might or might not suit a particular political agenda, but I am annoyed because I didn't mean what is being portrayed. I am an actor and make films. This is enough of a job. I am an icon because I can be what I am on screen,” said Shah Rukh.