|Shahrukh Khan returned to IIFA 2011 in Toronto after having skipped the annual event for seven years. Incidentally, while Shahrukh was in Toronto, other stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan couldn’t make it there, leading to obvious questions about strained relationships among Bollywood actors.
However, speaking to reporters at IIFA in Toronto, Shahrukh Khan rubbished such notions as media-created myth.
When a TV reporter asked Shahrukh why big stars don’t come together at events like IIFA, Shahrukh’s reply was straightforward and brusque.
"I actually don't understand your question. We all have been under one roof many times and we are very proud of all the award functions, IIFA especially, around the world. Whenever we are called, we attend," Shahrukh said.
The actor further added: "Your channel said (some time ago) that I am not going to a function because Mr Bachchan is there. That's not true. That's rubbish. But we cannot question your rubbish...All of us come together whenever we have the time to perform, especially when we go to present our best face internationally, like here in Toronto."
About why he himself skipped IIFA for seven years, Shahrukh said: "I know a lot of people make a thing of the seven years that I have not been at IIFA ...it has no personal angst to it. It is just that it falls during the summer holidays for my young kids."