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Aug 16th, 2009, 01:28 AM

(CNN) -- Leading Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan says he was detained for nearly two hours Friday night at New Jersey's Newark International Airport because of his last name.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan said he was detained by authorities at the Newark, New Jersey, airport. In an interview with CNN's sister network in India, CNN-IBN, Khan said immigration officials at the airport detained him for questioning after they said his name was flagged.

"They kept on telling me that my name is common to some name that has popped up on the computer, so they need to follow procedure," he said. "It took them an hour and a half, two hours; they kept on asking me questions, if I could give them any ... numbers in America that they can contact and vouch for me and who I am."

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said the agency could not comment on specific incidents.

"I was really taken aback because there were people who knew me there," Khan told CNN-IBN, referring to other travelers who were nearby. Rajeev Shukla, the secretary of India's ruling Congress party and a friend of Khan's, told CNN that the actor called him from Newark, as well as Khan's secretary and family.

Shukla said Khan, who was en route to Chicago, Illinois, was allowed to leave after Indian Embassy officials intervened. In New Delhi, India, U.S. Ambassador Timothy Roemer issued a statement describing Khan as a "very welcome guest" in the United States and a "global icon."

"Many Americans love his films," Roemer said. "We are trying to ascertain the facts of the case -- to understand what took place." The Indian government said in a written statement that it understood that Khan had been "taken aside for 'secondary questioning'" at Newark airport.

"The consulate general of India got in touch with him immediately upon learning about the incident," the statement said. "Mr. Khan said that he was all right. The consulate offered him any assistance that he may require." The government said it has taken up the matter with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

Aug 16th, 2009, 01:36 AM

I was detained entering Canada once.

All those people with queues and desks and checking things and stamping things, etc. really are doing something, ya know, not just making us go through lines.

Aug 16th, 2009, 01:57 AM
Aww, I feel bad for my SRK :sad: However, I can understand why he was placed in secondary inspection. Now of course he is a muslim and that works against him--- but he is an entertainer and came here on a visitor's visa less than 90 days since his last visit. I have no doubt that circumstances would be different if he had a work visa. Immigration needs a valid reason for a visit so soon after . I mean, I personally know two other citizens who were actually sent back on the next flight out for coming back to the US right after they left:shrug: I find it funny that this incident mirror his next movie . It's entitled My Name is Khan and it's about a muslim wrongly arrested in the US after 911 :lol:

Aug 16th, 2009, 04:42 AM
this stuff happens at airports these days. it's bad luck, but it's also life.

Aug 16th, 2009, 05:17 AM
He should be arrested for hamming through all his movies.