Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Friday played down former England skipper Nasser Hussain's controversial "donkey" remarks against some Indian players, saying they should not be taken at face value.
"Some of the expressions in English language are differrent. They should not be taken at face value," said the actor at a media conference related to Nokia Champions T20 League. "Log mujhe bhi Gadha bolte hai but sher sher hota hai, (People call me a donkey too but a lion is a lion)" he added.
The former England captain had earlier termed some of the Indian players as "donkeys" in fielding, during the one-off T20 match against England had enraged a lot of former cricketers and the BCCI. Shah Rukh though mentioned that somethin on the lines of comments made by Hussain would not happen when the England team tours India.
"We are one of the finest teams in the world. One does not turn into a donkey from a tiger just because some one says so," he added saying that the team needs to be supported now as much as it was after the World Cup.
The Bollywood star also condemned Wednesday's bomb blast outside the Delhi High Court, which killed 12 people and injured over 70.
"Any act of terrorism is an act of cowardice. We need to condemn it. I pray for all those (victims)," he added.
(With inputs from PTI)