Earlier this month, one of the biggest movie stars in the world was flying from Newark, New Jersey, to Chicago, Illinois, when he was allegedly pulled out of a security line and questioned and detained for over 1½ hours, apparently because of his Muslim name.
Television producer and author Nasreen Kabir has an intimate knowledge of Indian cinema and has penned several books on the subject including "Bollywood, The Indian Cinema Story" (2001). In 2005 she produced the two-part documentary "The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan" -- an intimate and expansive portrait of the man. Here she talks to CNN about the Bollywood superstar.
Film critic and author Anupama Chopra has been writing about Indian cinema since 1993. Her 2007 book "King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema" received widespread acclaim on publication. Here she tells CNN about Shah Rukh Khan's unique allure.
Shah Rukh Khan is the biggest draw in Bollywood and the world's most popular film actor. He shot to stardom in his first feature film "Deewana" (1992) which won him the first of 13 Filmfare awards -- the Bollywood equivalent of an Oscar. Here he talks to CNN about his childhood, family, religion and fame.
Some movie actors are lauded for their performances on the silver screen, earning themselves respect and stardom. But few, if any, Western stars are worshipped in quite the way that Shah Rukh Khan is. In a film career spanning 16 years he has risen to become the most recognizable face of Indian cinema and the most watched movie star in the world.