MUMBAI: It is not uncommon for Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to find himself embroiled in controversies or face backlash on social media. And Friday (June 8) was no different when Twitter trolls tried to take a jibe at him after all the buzz about his cousin contesting elections in Pakistan on social media, reported Indian Express.
Noor Jehan, Shah Rukh Khan’s paternal cousin will be contesting the upcoming general elections from a Peshawar constituency. The news spread like wildfire and grabbed many eyeballs, more so for King Khan’s connection with the contestant. Many latched at the opportunity to question his loyalty towards India.
In a series of rants and tweets filled with profanity, many Indian fans even photoshopped images of the Bollywood actor with Pakistani flag and circulated online. While some highlighted his “love for Pakistan” by stating how he chose Pakistani players for his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, others opined about Pakistani actor Mahira Khan in Raees after the Uri terror attack and called it an evidence for him not being a true “patriot”. What’s more, some even asked if he would “campaign for her”.
@iamsrk I heard that ur sister is contesting for elections in Pakistan? Is this true ?? You earn money here in India and ur sister wants to contest for power in enemy state Pakistan ? Why ? What’s the agenda ? #AskSRK
— CSS Krishna Kasturi (@kasturikr) June 8, 2018
Oh that is why this man loves Pakistan so much.
— Mayank Mani (@BeingMmani) June 8, 2018
I know SRK has reason to love Pakistan…He should contest there too…
— Debashish basyas (@DBasyas) June 7, 2018
— J A G R I T I (@Being_Jagriti_) June 8, 2018
Family before nation..no wonder the charity shows are done for every natural disaster in Pakistan,never India by SRK https://t.co/uT839wNUd4
— Pretti (@prettispecial1) June 8, 2018
“I hope people support me in the same way they support Shah Rukh Khan,” says Noor Jehan
She is SRK’s Cousin !
Any doubts on his quick Help to Pakistan during Floods ?
— Dark Matter (@DARKMATTER1008) June 8, 2018
And one wonders about Islamist / ISI control of #Bollywood ?
Dear @iamsrk would you be chanting #Pakistan Jindabad or not? How much Paki influence you and rest of Bollywood carries? https://t.co/K3pi7CYp42
— Ashok (@singhak) June 8, 2018
Some fans, however, extended their support for the superstar.
What is there to feel ashamed if SRK’s cousins live in Pak and 1 of his cousin sister is going to join politics of her country? Rather reply positively without showing outrage and wish best for her. Pakistan se ho ya USA se, achhi kaam kare aur SRK ki naam roshan kare. #NoorJahan
— Harryᶻᵉʳᵒ (@SRKsDevil_) June 8, 2018
Why there’s so much fuss about SRK’s cousin contesting elections in Pak? Like why? Before partition, we all were together, so maybe her family decided to stay that side of the border n SRK’s family came this side. Isme itna kya hungama
— SHREYA✨ (@ShreyaJha_29) June 8, 2018
Half of delhiites….including me n all my friends….have our great grand fathers n families come from pakistan to settle here….we still have connections der….wats the big deal….
— Lovey Singh (@jasdeepjdp) June 7, 2018
Jehan, who will be contesting from the PK-77 constituency as an Independent, was quoted by the Pakistani media: “I want to work for women’s empowerment… I’d like to focus on the problems in my constituency.”
Her brother Mansoor, who is leading her election campaign, said their family had been a part of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as Bacha Khan. “We have a political legacy attached to the family,” she said. He also highlighted that his sister had earlier served as a councillor.