(With invaluable inputs from Monica Wahi and Shama Zaidi)
Three people stepped out of the private jet owned by the second richest man in Asia. Two of them were the man's wife and daughter while the third was a film star whose global fan base outnumbers that of the biggest Hollywood star.
Yet, the film star was picked up for 'terror' screening in the US airport and detained for two hours. Though no one said so, everyone knows that the star's fault lay in his name - Khan, Shah Rukh Khan.
So what if Khan means 'leader' or 'commander' and that he is perhaps the most well known 'Khan' on the planet.
The hilarity, however, had only begun. After Indians protested, the US authorities claimed that this was a random screening and that thousands of people get screened every day.
Random? Private Jet... one in three people... with the family of the second richest man in Asia... a hugely popular star who needs only a 0.278 second Google search to confirm... Perhaps the US foreign policy on India is devised by watching the country's illogical commercial cinema for them to believe that the Indian public will buy any nonsense.
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