Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan promised his fans and moviebuffs in general a gift for Christmas 2015 in the form of his movie Dilwale. But when he made that promise, little did the actor know that he lived in a country with some percentage of jealous, frustrated, jobless, filthy, misogynistic janta that loves to puke acid in return for his love. And all this is in the name of ‘patriotism’. Most of us would be aware of the ‘controversial’ episode where Shah Rukh made a comment over the rising intolerance in the country by saying, “There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance…there is, I think…there is growing intolerance”.

And no points for guessing he came under the attack of the ‘patriotic and responsible’ citizens of our country who created a ruckus, stalling shows of Dilwale. They thought that by doing this, they have TAUGHT HIM A LESSON FOR A LIFETIME. *Slow clap*. But, seriously?

With the everyday box office collection of the Dilwale pouring in and understandably showing a downward curve, the anti-Shah Rukh Khan or patriotic Indians have won the battle, it seems. One of the hate comments against SRK read, “He paid a price for his arrogance”. Yes, arrogance!

In India, you cannot show arrogance! Poor Shah Rukh, I guess nobody informed him about the same. But the sad, grim, bitter truth about the citizens of this country is that they show undying love only when they see someone helpless or begging, someone down on their knees! And that someone can be a crying rape victim left to die on the roads by her perpetrators or a big movie star who must be at the mercy of these ‘patriotic vultures’.

India is not a great country but it has a potential to be one. What is wrong with this line? Something? Anything? We all know the answer – It’s NOTHING!

We are all aware of this truth deep down, but what eventually surfaces is the mind-boggling cashing in of a situation to prove ourselves superior. Each one of us wants to feel powerful; the wish to rule over the other person only gets better when that person is a public figure of the highest order. We love to trash our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we like to take on the ruling actors of Bollywood, the three Khans –Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. The reason being, the bigger the name, the better kick the bullies get in maligning them!

Did you wonder why the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra didn’t last long? The answer is quite simple – the movie did not have the star power of a KHAN to give the desired results to the unemployed, attention-seeking men and women who call themselves secular. ALSO READ: Dilwale box office: Shah Rukh Khan film inching towards Rs 100 crore in domestic market.

Take another example. Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli sent good luck messages to Pakistani cricketers on the start of the T20 tournament Pakistan Super League. We did not hear any protest or tickets to Pakistan being booked for Yuvi and Virat then. WHY?

The goondaraj against Shah Rukh Khan can be measured with another incident. Shah Rukh Khan’s statement on intolerance came a day after India’s central bank governor Raghuram Rajan made a “plea for tolerance in India”, saying that “tolerance means not being so insecure about one’s ideas that one cannot subject them to challenge”. Why was the Reserve Bank of India building not stoned or burnt to flames? (We are not saying one should do that.)

Ask yourself – are we really secular? Are we really not communal? Are we really not aggressive? Are we really not harmful towards one another? We are. You have an option of believing or turning a blind eye towards the issue, which is an individual’s choice and opinion again. ALSO READ: Dilwale Box Office Report: 9th time Shah Rukh Khan proved he is King of Box Office Clashes.

But before writing this open letter, I felt terribly scared, for my patriotism will be under the scanner. I might be paying taxes on time, not bribing government officials, not littering, and appreciating my government’s non-stop efforts to curb the country’s issues. But my patriotism will be judged by which actor I support, and whether I eat beef or not, or do I stand up for the national anthem, or cheer for my team in cricket (other sports are not bothered)! Such are the times we are living in! (Edited by Shweta Parande).