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Bollywood star downplays incident

August 16, 2009

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— Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Saturday downplayed being questioned at a U.S. airport, saying it was part of a necessary but unfortunate procedure.

Khan, one of the Indian film industry’s biggest stars, is in the U.S. to promote his new film, “My Name is Khan,” which is about racial profiling.

He told Press Trust of India news agency that he was detained because his name came up on a computer alert list at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. However, U.S. customs officials told The Associated Press that Khan was questioned as part of a routine process that took 66 minutes.

“I told them I am a movie star,” Press Trust quoted Khan as saying.

Kahn told reporters in suburban Chicago on Saturday that he did not want an apology from the U.S. government. Asked about what happened, he simply said: “I think it’s a procedure that needs to be followed, but an unfortunate procedure.”

Khan, 44, has acted in more than 70 films, and has consistently topped popularity rankings in India for the past several years.

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