Indians want to boycott Shah Rukh Khan but we can't figure out why

Indians want to boycott Shah Rukh Khan but we can't figure out why

Here is a list of completely nonsensical reasons that trended on Twitter.
Updated 21 Sep, 2021

The dust may have settled on the 'Boycott Shah Rukh Khan' hashtag that recently trended on social media in India (and by default in Pakistan) but we're still no closer to understanding why it started in the first place. There seems to be no definite answer and most of the posts online are pretty confusing so we decided to list some of the reasons in the hopes that someone can help us figure it out.

Khan, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, is going to be starring in a new movie titled Pathan. It has been directed by Siddharth Anand. Very few details have been released yet, but according to News18, Khan plays a RAW agent named Feroze Pathan in the film and will be joined by Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.

None of that explains why Indian people want to boycott him. Here are some of the reasons we found on Twitter.

He starred in a movie in 2001

From what we can gather, this user seems to be angry about a movie SRK did in 2001. And he also doesn't like the name of his upcoming movie titled Pathan. "Why praising Pathan in India?" asked the user. Why indeed.

He (apparently) loves Pakistan

Somehow, talking about intolerance in India means he loves Pakistan. Interesting.

He posted a picture with a friend

Pictures of Khan with his friend, architect Tony Ashai, have been circulating online and apparently people believe he is an ISI agent. And here we thought he was a Kashmiri-American architect who's designing the NAML Institute in Mianwali.

Six years ago he said there's intolerance in India

Six years ago, Khan reportedly gave an interview in which he said there is intolerance in India. Apparently those six-year-old remarks are enough to get him banned.

He wants to abolish Sanskrit

King Khan apparently wants to abolish Sanskrit. This guy has zero evidence, just a feeling apparently.

He follows Barkha Dutt on Twitter (and is friends with PM Imran)

The actor follows Indian journalist Barkha Dutt on Twitter, which is apparently enough to land him in purgatory. Add that to his apparent friendships with Mahira Khan and Prime Minister Imran Khan and you have a recipe for disaster.

Not a single one of these reasons make any sense to us. Let us know if you were able to figure out why Indians want him banned.

We'd like to imagine this this is how King Khan reacted when he checked the tweets under the still unclear boycott SRK Twitter trend.


Jay Sep 21, 2021 05:29pm
We have had enough of SRK. Pakistan can have him now.
Tanvir Khan Sep 21, 2021 05:37pm
If a human being does not know the origin of his forefathers, he is like a monkey that has got lost in the jungle. Unknown
Sane Mind1st Sep 21, 2021 05:47pm
Their country, their rules. Why we get agitated?. And morever Shahrukh seems comfortable in India. So chill. Move on
SATT Sep 21, 2021 06:01pm
What Pakistanis have to do with Bollywood ?
Saif Zulfiqar Sep 21, 2021 06:25pm
India is ruled by RSS/ BJP. What minority expect from them.
Jamil Soomro, New York City Sep 21, 2021 06:35pm
Shah Rukh Khan and Imran Khan both are Pathans. The Movie is called "Pathan" What's the problem.? The great Sir Syed Ahmad Khan we miss you today.
Cye Sep 21, 2021 06:39pm
Narrow minded Indian. Can not digest anything.
Dhiman Samanta Sep 21, 2021 06:46pm
I am an Indian and I came to know about the boycott Shah Rukh movement from the Pakistani newspaper The Dawn.
Multani Sep 21, 2021 06:46pm
Who cares about shah Rukh Khan, he is nobody in Bollywood anyway, don’t waste time.
Fast comment Sep 21, 2021 07:07pm
No matter what you do. The King Khan will remain shining. He’s an international icon.
General_Rani Sep 21, 2021 07:13pm
SRK /Amir Khan are not a talented actor like Super Star Amitabh Bacchan hence their shelf life was limited anyway. The downfall expedited because they put a hole in a plate where they ate. That's all.
Chand Sep 21, 2021 08:43pm
Gosh! Your concern for Shahrukh is really touching! I didn’t know anything about this boycott until you bought it up. Thanks! Now I have to really think about wether I want to boycott him or not.
Shezi Sep 21, 2021 09:13pm
World's largest demoncracy strikes back.
Manoj Sep 21, 2021 09:23pm
What can you expect from illiterate mentally unstable Indians.
Taj Ahmad Sep 21, 2021 09:39pm
Shah Rukh is pride of India, pride of the world, all Indians and Pakistanis and rest of the world loved the greatest move star in the world...Shah Rukh Khan. Salute to Bollywood, Hollywood and Lollywood.
M. Saeed Sep 22, 2021 12:09am
One the same pitch, Modi gate crashed in to Nawaz Sharif's birthday party in Lahore and therefore should be banned in India.
Sak Sep 22, 2021 12:55am
@Dhiman Samanta News first appeared in gulfnews 4 days ago
Malik Sep 22, 2021 01:01am
India is a complete joke, their media is a complete joke, their politicians are a complete joke. The whole nation is a complete joke. They have absolutely nothing positive to say or do!
Talal Sep 22, 2021 02:05am
@Dhiman Samanta very funny no one in Pakistan likes to talk about bollywood movies or dramas , there might be some news but people of Pakistan have no connection to Bollywood actors or actress so this is indians problem and your own issues
Changez Khan Sep 22, 2021 02:07am
BJP terrorists propaganda against SRK because he is Muslim.
Talal Sep 22, 2021 02:08am
Such blogs can only be posted and written by some illiterate indians who hate their own People very interesting
Sajjad Sep 22, 2021 02:38am
RSS was desperately waiting for something against SRK and this is what they got. Ram Bless India, this is not the India we envied.
Azam Khan Sep 22, 2021 02:41am
SRK is a great tolerant indian. no doubt in his love for india. he gave too much to india cinema. he should be respected more than modi.
Black Fungus Sep 22, 2021 03:14am
@Dhiman Samanta it’s a very informative newspaper.... the best in South Asy
Black Fungus Sep 22, 2021 03:18am
@Taj Ahmad you serious ? Waste of. Time
Saad Sep 22, 2021 03:45am
Looking at the tweets and comments down here clearly tells him saying india intolerant wasn't wrong at all lol.
Salman Sep 22, 2021 03:50am
India one step firmly in the future, two steps back to the dark ages.
Salman Sep 22, 2021 03:51am
@Jay no thanks.
Salman Sep 22, 2021 03:54am
@General_Rani, ‘limited shelf life’ he’s been staring in films for almost 30 years and still going strong. Pleeease!
Umar Sep 22, 2021 03:57am
@Jay Sure! We'd be happy to have him. You can keep Adnan Sami though.
AD Sep 22, 2021 06:24am
I will say it.. Its just because SRK is a muslim.
Shehryar Zulfiqar Sep 22, 2021 09:19am
@Tanvir Khan Perhaps Jungle is the origin
Tahir Mufti Sep 22, 2021 10:20am
Do I care? No.
abhishek trivedi Sep 22, 2021 11:00am
Can you name one Hindu star in your film Industry?
Issak Sep 22, 2021 11:06am
Simple jealousy by hindutiva fanatics of his success and world wide recognition.. intolerance does exist In India and his previous remarks proved him correct, Judging from insults being thrown at him presently..
Ranjita Sep 22, 2021 11:12am
@Dhiman Samanta yes I also heard from this newspaper!Srk is our pride !!
Sam Sep 22, 2021 11:13am
SRK appears on Indian TV channels every 10 mins and he is there in the news paper ads every day. What hatred are you talking about?
Haris Sep 22, 2021 11:19am
@Jay "We have had enough of SRK. Pakistan can have him now." This is how you treat your legends. This guy has earned a name for your country, which you can't even think of doing when reborn 7 times.
Haris Sep 22, 2021 11:21am
@Dhiman Samanta, This boycott campaign is trending on Internet and Because your media is strictly under the control of RSS goons.
Khatri Sep 22, 2021 12:22pm
Its very much interesting to see that Indians follow Dawn News so keenly.
Lal Kitaab Sep 22, 2021 12:33pm
How about boycotting him for being a lousy actor! I remember reading his interview in Filmfare magazine back in '93 that his ultimate aim was to win an Oscar. I was quite excited by that. But the very next year he admitted to trying to bribe Filmfare for best actor award and the rubbish movies (except Swadesh and Chak de perhaps) he made since, I haven't forgiven him for all that pain
Anusri Tripathi Sep 22, 2021 12:44pm
Indian here. Never heard about this movement. No one is boycotting Shahrukh. Only fact is Shahrukh has grown old and not fit to be a hero now.
RationalBabu Sep 22, 2021 01:26pm
@Salman still well ahead of Pakistan!
KGG Sep 23, 2021 07:45am
I never heard of this movement in India. Strange!!!
Salman Ahmed Sep 23, 2021 03:00pm
India leave no stone unturned to underestimate some one who Parise Pakistan and a seek to resolved animosity between two nations. SRK is most educated sensible with good character ever in India.