The Bollywood star had said earlier this week that wife Kiran Rao had broached the subject of the family leaving India over concern for the couple’s child amid growing “disquiet” and “despondency”.
Khan said on Wednesday the question of going elsewhere didn’t arise. “First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future,” Khan said in a press release. “Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying… I stand by everything that I have said in my interview.”
Shiv Sena, coalition partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was categorical in its stance, adding to the tirade against Khan that has been at its most vituperative on Twitter and other social media platforms, keeping the controversy alive.