Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan criticised the US for believing it lived in a “parallel universe” in comments broadcast Monday following a row with immigration officials at a New York airport.

Khan has said he was singled out for questioning by US immigration officials due to his Muslim name — sparking outrage among his millions of Indian fans, as well as senior politicians and the Indian press.

“America needs to understand one small thing… that there are about 190-195 smaller countries and that makes the whole world,” Khan told Indian television channel CNN-IBN from Houston in comments broadcast on Monday.

“It’s not an isolated, parallel universe existence for this country. There is a whole world which makes all the good and bad that is happening,” said the actor, who is one of the biggest names in Bollywood.

“So if we are scared of violence and terrorism, all of us are responsible for it. It’s not that the world is and America is not.” (More)


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