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Thu Jan 29 18:23:17 SAST 2015

Bollywood star Khan caught in India-Pakistan spat

Sapa-AP | 31 January, 2013 13:39
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at his residence in Mumbai May 30, 2012.
Image by: VIVEK PRAKASH / REUTERS

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been caught in a verbal slugfest between India and Pakistan after he wrote a magazine article that led to heated exchanges between the rival nations.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik suggested that New Delhi beef up the actor's security after Khan wrote an account of how it felt to be a Muslim in India.

New Delhi reacted sharply to Malik's comments with Indian politicians and officials asking him to concentrate on looking after the security of Pakistani citizens.

Khan responded to the exchange late Tuesday by saying he was extremely safe and happy in India.

Khan is popularly known as 'King Khan' in the Indian film industry. He has acted in around 75 Hindi feature films, including many box-office hits.

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