: Extending support to Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan
, Bollywood Actress Shilpa Shetty ..today said it was unfortunate that the SRK was being targeted for expressing his opinion.
Shiv Sena has threatened to stall the release of King Khan
’s upcoming film My Name Is Khan after he refused to apologise for his remarks favoring the inclusion of Pakistani players in IPL.
“It is everybody’s right to express his opinion. It is a fundamental right. When a film gets affected, the entire industry gets affected. I stand by him as a human being,” Shilpa Shetty said when asked about her take on what was happening with Shah Rukh
’s film My name… in Mumbai.
“My relationship with Shah Rukh Khan
goes beyond films. I have a lot of respect for him. I was introduced in films with him. It is really unfortunate that he has to face brunt of all this,” Shilpa Shetty who was busy in the launching process of the new music video for the forthcoming IPL season, told media persons.
“This issue has been already politicized a lot, I do not want add more fuel to the controversy,” she added.
She said as far as support for Shah Rukh Khan
was concerned she would always support him. “As far as what he has said is concerned it is his fundamental right to voice his opinion,” the actress said, adding she was not here to defend Shah Rukh Khan
She said the decision to select Pakistan players or not was never based on their nationality.
“The decision to take Pakistani players was based on the availability of the players. Here availability does not mean dates and time we are talking about whether they would be available in India throughout the IPL,” Shilpa Shetty
said, adding her team Rajasthan Royals did not want to take that risk.
and Raj Kundra said the controversy over IPL has affected the spirit of the game.
“What is great about IPL is that when a wicket falls, we see a Pakistani and Indian player hug each other and see an Australian and South African do a hi-fi, I miss that. These controversies have take away the spirit of the game,” Shilpa Shetty added.
Khan’s comments that Pakistani players should have been included in IPL did not go well with Sena, which has threatened to disrupt the screening of his film.
Mumbai police have arrested over 1,000 Shiv Sainiks in the last 24 hours ahead of the release of the movie after they attacked a few theatres where the film will be screened from February 12.
Some multiplexes in Mumbai today even closed the advance booking for the film which has been directed and produced by Karan Johar, a close friend of Shah Rukh Khan