The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Friday punished Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his alleged misbehaviour. Experts say it is a first-of-its-kind decision when a celebrity has been penalised for his or her misconduct, while B-town feels any father would have behaved like that.
MCA slapped a five-year ban on Shah Rukh, Khan, co-owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), from entering the Wankhede Stadium for allegedly misbehaving with security personnel and MCA officials at the stadium Wednesday night.
"Any celebrity has not been punished or banned for such a small issue. Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt were punished but it was a different and big issue. Shah Rukh's issue has been blown out of proportion and this simple issue came to a sad end," Mumbai-based journalist Indramohan Pannu, told IANS
"I have been working in this industry for more than 28 years but this is for the first time a leading celebrity has been punished for such a small thing," he added.
Another veteran journalist, who has been following the film industry for 22 years but did not wish to be quoted, said: "I do not remember of coming across any celeb or a person in power to be punished for misdemeanor. At the same time, I feel that being banned to enter a cricket stadium by an association is barely a punishment."
Vilasrao Deshmukh, the union minister for science and technology, said that the managing committee of MCA "condemns the behaviour of Shah Rukh Khan. After his fight at the stadium Wednesday night, the actor has shown no regrets for his action and behaviour."
He said nobody could support such behaviour, be it the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian Premier League (IPL) or the MCA.
"This is a message for everyone. Anyone who misbehaves or breaks any rules shall face a similar ban," said Deshmukh.
Asked why no committee was set up to probe the incident, Deshmukh said that majority of members were present during the brawl and they were all witness to the incident.
In his clarification, Shah Rukh alleged that he got upset when he saw MCA officials allegedly manhandling his daughter.
"We have not received any complaint from Shah Rukh Khan yet... We will also genuinely look into the matter if Shah Rukh lodges a complaint regarding the same," said Deshumuk.
He added, "BCCI has been informed about the ban, but since this property belongs to MCA, we have decided on the ban."
However, BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla said: "The decision has to be taken by BCCI. MCA can recommend but BCCI will take a final decision."
Shukla also heads the Indian Premier League.
Union Minister Farooq Abdullah described the altercation as an unfortunate incident.
"He (SRK) carries a lot of weight on his shoulders. His behaviour matters to the industry tremendously, and to every young and old in India. Whatever happened, its unfortunate," he told reporters outside the Parliament
"I hope that his temper will calm down. As far as BCCI action or the Wankhede Stadium is concerned, I think they should sit down and find a middle way out," he said.
However B-town came in full support for SRK, saying his whatever he did was justified and that any father would react like that.
Anurag Basu tweeted: "SRK's behaviour is completely justified, I'd have smashed their heads if it was my daughter."
Karan Johar tweeted that SRK is one of "the best fathers I know and protective about every child...he was being just that...a protective parent!!!"
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.i think Haters r not aware about other actors problem or they are always remain busy with SRK problems...
Every actor face problems in his personal life also..though iam not interested in every one life like Media ..iam only interested in their movies..bt i heard lots of news including Amitabh bachan,Salman khan,Saif ali khan,Ranbir kapoor,shiny ahuja (thought at that time i donot know who he was),Akshay kumar..and many more...
bt its natural thing that u always find fault in a person which u donot like...<br/>Bt any ways it is their choice..as they wish and as they want comment every where..
SRK love u so much.
Edited on:20 May 2012 at 9:53am
Bullshit , would call it wise decision, really why is that all incidents happen to him alone ? there are other actors involved here and i refuse believe kids being part of this thing , sorry
@_Siinnce Maan_ sooo cute ..i can imagine the scene..haaa...ever girl who loves him want this...and iam sooo happy the way his fans came here and defended him.so sweet...
keep rocking shah.looove u so much.<br/>
Edited on:20 May 2012 at 8:18am
Now, celebrities can't even be protective about their children?! These officials need to review the exact definition of 'banning a person'. Were they banned too for being good parents, I wonder!
If people commit 'actual' crimes in India, no action is taken (mostly) and if a father, who's also a celeb protects his children from mis behaving, he's banned .. What an irony !! Long way to go!
the issue is really blown out of proportion! i don't know why SRK is such an easy target for everyone nowadays.
he was just being a good father, and i'm sure there's nothing wrong with that!
Irregardless of the fact that he got banned. I would still run after him in a railway station, hands holding the hem of my dress as I run for my dimpled man ;) DDLJ estyleee.
Love you SRK!
Such a biased verdict by the mca, i wonder what they wud do if their children were manhandled guess they wud play the dirty game again called politics...heck does even shahrukh really cares abt the ban as he can build his own new stadium in mumbai...
i don't understand why pepople are alwayz after him.MCA security should realize the fact tht SRK is not only a superstar but a father too.n he has all the right in the world to protect hi children.any wayzz I WAS,IS n WILL alwyzz be the PROUD fan of SRK.no matter wht
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