This past Saturday, one of Bollywood’s most recognizable movie stars, Shah Rukh Khan, was detained because of his surname at Newark Liberty International Airport and questioned for over two hours before being released. The Wall Street Journal reports that Khan was in the U.S. to promote his new film about the racial profiling of Muslims:
U.S. immigration officials denied he was formally held, but Indian film stars and political leaders condemned what they called “humiliating” treatment given to Mr. Khan, a Muslim who is well-loved in a largely Hindu country.
Mr. Khan said he was detained Friday by U.S. immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because his name matched with some names on a computer alert list. The actor is in the U.S. to promote a new film, “My Name is Khan,” which is about racial profiling of Muslims after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“Absolutely uncalled for, I think,” said Khan. “I felt angry and humiliated.”