US Ambassador to India Richard Verma on Friday apologised to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his detention at Los Angeles airport and said the US was working to ensure that it does not happen again.
Verma’s comment on Twitter was appreciated by Khan who thanked him for his concern.
“Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US,” Verma tweeted.
Khan had tweeted that he was detained at Los Angeles airport but it was not clear when the incident occurred.
Responding to Verma’s tweet, the 50-year-old actor said, “No trouble sir, respect the protocol & not expecting 2 b above it. It s just a tad inconvenient. Thx for ur concern.”
It is the third time in seven years that Khan has been stopped by US immigration officials at the country’s airports.
The actor expressed disappointment on social media after the incident.
“I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” (sic) the actor tweeted.
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the US Department of State Nisha Desai Biswal also apologised to Khan for the “hassle”.
“Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening,” Biswal tweeted.
In April 2012, Khan was detained at the White Plains airport near New York for over two hours by immigration officials. In 2009, he was detained at the Newark Airport in New Jersey for nearly two hours.
Meanwhile, hours after Shah Rukh was detained at Los Angeles airport by the US immigration department, Twitter went abuzz with jokes on the Bollywood superstar.
Users of the micro-blogging site posted their views using the hashtag #ShahRukhKhan, which soon became a top trend.
“Why always #ShahRukhKhan gets detained at USA airports.
The officials this time must have watched his recent movies,” a Twitter user wrote.
“Don Ka Intezaar To 11 Mulko Ki Police Kar Rahi Hai…
But US is Not Included in those 11 Mulk!,” posted another citing the 50-year-old actor’s famous dialouge from 2006 movie “Don”.
Many compared it with the “Dilwale” star’s intolerance statement which he made last year.
“So,…. How do you rate the.. “Intolerance”… There in US, Mr Khan?,” wrote a Twitter user.
“#ShahRukhKhan detained at US airport ? Again ? One more time sing that #Intolerance song baby!,” tweeted another.
“#ShahRukhKhan Global star but every country has its own rules. No celeb bigger than National Security. SRK should not complain. Be Tolerant,” another Twitterati wrote.