Authority run-in is no publicity stunt

Bollywood thesp not tubthumping new Fox Asia film

The trouble with being a star is that when your real-life run-in with the authorities echoes your new film, it’s hard to convince folks it’s not just a publicity stunt.

Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan, known as “King” Khan to Bollywood fans, was pulled aside for questioning by U.S. immigration authorities on his arrival at Newark’s Liberty Intl. Airport on Aug. 14. Khan says he was “humiliated” by the interrogation.

U.S. customs said the questioning was routine but that since British Airways had lost his luggage, the effort was delayed unduly.

Khan’s plight was initially a rallying cry in India, with fans burning U.S. flags and effigies of President Obama. But the support dwindled a bit last week, with Khan fielding questions about whether he’d overreacted and comments about celebs expecting VIP treatment everywhere.At an Aug. 18 press conference in Mumbai, Khan was asked if the whole brouhaha was a stunt to tubthump his Fox Asia Studios’ pic, “My Name Is Khan,” which is about a Muslim man’s travails in the U.S.

“I don’t want to sound pompous,” Khan said. “But Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t need any publicity.”

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