On August 11, 2016, one of Bollywood’s top actors Shah Rukh Khan was detained and interrogated for two hours at Las Angeles airport for being a possible Muslim terrorist.
US ambassador in India Richard Verma apologized to Khan saying that US immigration authorities are working to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
“Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US,” Verma tweeted.
“I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” Khan tweeted back.
Shah Rukh Khan was in the US with Hindu wife Gauri, sons, Aryan, AbRam, and daughter Suhana to attend an orientation program at the University of Southern California where his first-born Aryan has got admission in an undergraduate course in filmmaking.
It is not the first time Khan was detained. In April 2012, Khan was detained at the White Plains airport near New York for several hours by immigration officials. In 2009, he was detained at the Newark Airport in New Jersey for nearly two hours.
“Internationally, if you have a Muslim surname, you might be considered a terrorist,” Khan told Mumbai-based Daily News and Analysis on October 24, 2009.
Shahrukh Khan produced the movie My Name is Khan based on his 2009 experience in the US.
On October 15, 2015, Shah Rukh Khan received a degree of Doctor of Honor from UK’s University of Edinburgh.