Bollywood star and co-owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan has landed himself in hot water with the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on the day of an IPL cricket game between his side and the Mumbai Indians.
Apparently the star was at the Wankhede cricket stadium to pick up his children and their friends, when security officials began pushing them around. The angry actor reacted rather badly to the situation and got himself into a brawl at the scene.
After the incident, the Indian state's cricketing authorities slapped a five year ban on the actor from entering the stadium.
"If rules are violated, action will be taken. It does not depend who the individual is. It's a message to everyone whosoever he or she may be that stern action will be taken if there is any misbehaviour. How can he go inside the ground without proper accreditation? Even I can't go inside the ground if not invited for presentation ceremony. We have handed a five-year ban on him and it was a unanimous decision. It applies to any match whether domestic or international at the Wankhede," MCA president Vilas Rao Deshmukh said at a press conference, according to a report in The Times of India.
Meanwhile, the governing body for the game in India - the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) - which could have the final word on the issue has not yet commented on the matter.
"We have taken a decision to protect the dignity of our association. BCCI is our parent body and we have written to them informing what had happened. We have no control over BCCI's decision. We are also an independent body with the Wankhede being our property. State bodies can only recommend but a final decision has to be taken by the BCCI. When the matter comes to BCCI, the Board will decide (on the ban)," Deshmukh said.
In response to all the furore, Shah Rukh Khan sought to clarify that he reacted only after guard touched the children with him (the group included his daughter) and denied charges of misbehaving or being drunk. To make matters worse for him, a security guard, Vikas Dalvi, said he saw the actor in the players' dressing room - an area that is off-limits to everybody else. Apparently, when Dalvi asked they leave the area, an NDTV report said he was told: "We have bought this place...who are you to stop us?"
"It won't change my life if I am not allowed into the stadium. Yes, I was abusing as they were insulting me. I will not deny the fact that I abused, was provoked when someone abused me in Marathi," the actor explained, in a report by The Hindustan Times.
This is not the first time Shah Rukh Khan has been involved in controversial moments. The famous actor was recently detained at the White Plains airport in New York, when travelling to the country as a guest of Yale University. He was also held at Newark Airport, three years ago, because his surname - Khan - featured on a watched list by US security officials.