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Shah Rukh Khan Says Freedom Of Speech Also Includes The Right To Remain Silent

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NOIDA, INDIA - JANUARY 29: Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan speaks during the formal announcement regarding edutainment theme park KidZania in Delhi/NCR at the Entertainment City on January 29, 2016 in Noida, India. KidZania is an edutainment theme park with 21 operational centers across 18 countries. Its Delhi NCR park will be open to public in May 2016. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, whose remarks on intolerance had kicked up a political storm last year, today said freedom of speech also means the right to be silent.

He was speaking at the trailer launch of his upcoming movie Fan.

When asked about his experience after his remarks on intolerance, Shah Rukh said, "When I would watch Mumbai Indians' match against KKR, the only one appeal I would make is 'Out'...I am not getting into this. Freedom of speech means the right to keep silent also. I am very silent about this."

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On his 50th birthday in November last year, Shah Rukh had said there was "extreme intolerance" in the country. "There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance... there is I think... there is growing intolerance," he had said.

However, his remarks kicked up a controversy with several BJP members criticising him. His film Dilwale (2015) also faced demonstrations in parts of the country.

However, the actor had later claimed that he never said India is intolerant and that his words were misconstrued.

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