Shabana defends SRK, says ‘Islam not so weak’

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NEW DELHI:  Megastar Shah Rukh Khan who faced backlash after sharing on social media a photo on Diwali in which he sported a tilak, actor Shabana Azmi on Monday came to his defence by calling out “rabid Islamists”.

“Appalled to read that Diwali greeting invites the wrath of rabid Islamists, gets called a “False Muslim” for sporting a tilak!” Fundos get a life! Islam is not so weak that it stands threatened by what is a beautiful Indian custom. India’s beauty is in her Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb,” tweeted Shabana Azmi.

The actor had on Sunday shared a monochromic picture featuring his wife Gauri Khan and youngest son AbRam Khan where all three of them can be seen sporting tilaks.

In the accompanying note, the actor wished fans and followers “HappyDiwali” and added “May your lives be lit up and happy.” After the post, Shah Rukh was trolled.

This isn’t the first time that Shah Rukh has been criticised for celebrating Hindu festivals. On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the actor was trolled for sharing pictures where he was seen worshipping Lord Ganesha. 

Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday shared a heart-warming Diwali wish with his fans. The actor along with the message posted a family picture featuring wife Gauri Khan and son AbRam.

Going by the snap, they seem to have celebrated the festivals of light in a religious way. All three of them can be seen adorning a ‘tika’ in the monochromatic picture that Shah Rukh Khan posted taking to twitter.

“HappyDiwali to everyone. May your lives be lit up and happy,” he wrote alongside the photo.

Bollywood’s romance king was recently seen grabbing the guest’s couch at David Letterman’s show on Netflix. He first revealed in May that he will be Letterman’s special guest on the new season, which started airing on May 31 on Netflix this year. (ANI)