Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan detained at U.S. airport


NEW DELHI,   (Xinhua) — Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan was detained by U.S. authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.

The Bollywood star took to social networking website – Twitter to announce his detention.

“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 wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.

Khan’s detention enraged his followers, who called for a similar treatment in reciprocation to visiting U.S. dignitaries.

Reasons for Khan’s detention were unclear. However, reports said he was allowed to proceed after the detention for around four hours.

Although there was no comment from U.S. immigration officials, the U.S. State Department’s assistant secretary on south and central Asian affairs Nisha Biswal apologized to Khan.

“Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk (Shah Rukh Khan) – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!,” Biswal wrote in reply to Khan on Twitter.

Khan has been detained by U.S. officials in past as well.

In 2012, the actor was detained at New York airport for over two hours by immigration officials. Prior to this in 2009, Khan was detained by U.S. immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Khan is famous Hindi movie celebrity in India and has acted in dozens of films. He is one of the prominent faces in South Asia.

U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Rahul Verma also apologised to Khan and said such an act would not be repeated.

“Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the U.S.,” Verma wrote on Twitter.