It is disturbing when the very people who you vest with some agency to act as symbols of certain freedoms – of expression, most importantly – let you down by showing no spine, instead bowing to political bullies, genocidal maniacs and fascists. Shahrukh’s stardom and the cult status he enjoys would have been better served if he had stood up to the MNS and defended his Pakistani heroine and his decision to cast her. Instead, he decided to apologise! That is heart-breaking – for the man is otherwise one of the most astute, articulate and well-spoken people in Bollywood!