MUMBAI: Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar says that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's surname might have been the reason for his detention for a second time at a US airport.

Shah Rukh, 46, was detained and questioned at a New York airport for two hours on Thursday, sparking outrage in India.

When asked to comment on the incident, Lata said, "What do I say... I guess it might be due to the terrorist attacks which have made them (US authorities) more alert. It may be due to his surname or maybe not. I don't know why it happened.... They might be suspicious, so...," she told reporters here on Saturday evening.

"I feel Shah Rukh has become slim, lost weight so they could not recognize him," she said jokingly.


The 82-year-old legendary singer on Saturday evening announced the winners for this year's Master Deenanath Mangeshkar award.

Madhuri Dixit Nene would be receiving the award for her contribution to Indian cinema.

Talking about the actress, Lata said, "I know Madhuri is returning to films after long time. She is back in Mumbai. I am sure she would do good work in films again. She is a very good and talented actress. She understands the role and then gives her best. That is the best thing about her, and she is beautiful no doubt."

When asked if she would give an award to her favourite cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Lata said, "This year there is no award for him. We would try and see next year."

(Agencies)