Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has said he will quit as Prime Minister if his government fails to change its name.
“I will quit if we do not change the country’s name,” he told NDTV in an interview aired on Friday.
Mr Khan has previously said the country should not have a single Prime Minister since the last one was Jawaharlal Nehru.
The actor, who is currently filming a movie called “Aurangzeb”, has also been vocal about the need to change his country’s moniker.
In an interview with the Indian Express newspaper, he said the change would come from the people themselves.
“I have no problem with a country’s existing name, but if the people of the land demand that they should have their own names, then they should change it.
That’s my opinion.
We should change our country’s identity, name and even our laws, he added.
Mr Shah Rukhs has been a vocal critic of the current government in India and has also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was born in the state.
Mr Modi, in his interview, said that his father had a job as a carpenter in his hometown in Bihar, where his family grew up.”
We used to work at my father’s workshop and after I was born, he took me to his workshop to work on carpenters’ cars.
My father was a carpenter.
It was a big job,” he said.
Mr Singh has also criticized the current prime minister, who came to power in 2015 promising to reform India.”
When I came to India, my father was in the opposition.
He was against corruption.
We all knew that,” he has said.
The Times of Israel reported in April that the former PM’s father had been arrested for a graft case in the 1980s and later killed by a mob in Bihar.