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Bollywood Star Detained on Way to Yale

About 1,500 people showed up at Yale to hear Shah Rukh Khan speak.

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    ROME - OCTOBER 31: Actor Shah Rukh Khan attends the "My Name Is Khan" Premiere during the 5th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 31, 2010 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    When the King of Bollywood comes to town, people follow, and wait around for him to speak.

    Shah Rukh Khan, also known as the “King of Bollywood,” was at Yale on Thursday night for a Chubb Fellowship lecture and about 1,500 people went to see International film star.

    But, before he arrived in New Haven, immigration authorities detained Khan for about an hour and a half at the airport in White Plains, the New York Daily News reports.

    Khan, who was detained in Newark in 2009, talked about it during his lecture.

    "Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always make a trip to America," Khan said. "The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom."

    You can hear in the clip posted on YouTube.


    Khan, who has acted in more than 70 Hindi films, is the current Chubb Fellow and he's quite the international celebrity.

    “He’s like George Clooney, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. If you put all those guys together, for India, he’s all that,” Buali Shah, an independent film actor from Trumbull, told the New Haven Register.

    He joins a group of internationally distinguished individuals to become a visiting lecturer.  

    Previous Chubb Fellows have included presidents Gerald Ford, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford and more.

    Hundreds of people, from as far away as Canada and Alabama waited to see the star, the Register reports, and Khan talked about creativity, happiness and failure.

    The event ended with faculty dancing with Khan, as you can see on more video posted online.

    Khan was last in New Haven about five years ago to shoot “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna,” he said. It was in December and it was so cold that his mouth froze while singing and he could not kiss the girl he was shooting with.

    The Daily News reports that Khan’s hosts intervened at White Plains, taking up the issue with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington.

    U.S. Embassy spokesman Peter Vrooman apologized "for any inconvenience."