AAMIR IN THE EYE OF THE IN­TOL­ER­ANCE STORM

This time it is Aamir Khan who has stirred a hor­net’s nest with his com­ment on in­tol­er­ance

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal ■ sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Aamir Khan and his wife film­maker Ki­ran Rao had de­bated leav­ing In­dia, but now this dis­cus­sion has made na­tional head­lines. Aamir’s com­ments on grow­ing in­tol­er­ance in In­dia making them fear for their child has pro­voked a ma­jor back­lash.

Many of Aamir’s col­leagues in the in­dus­try are dis­ap­pointed by his com­ment. Vet­eran ac­tor Anu­pam Kher called it a “very self­ish” state­ment to make. “Dear @aamir_khan. When did ‘In­cred­i­ble In­dia’ be­come ‘In­tol­er­ant In­dia’ for you? Only in the last 7-8 months? AtithiDevoBhavah (sic),” he wrote on Twit­ter.

Ac­tor Paresh Rawal is also un­happy. “It is very sad­den­ing and painful to see Aamir make state­ments like th­ese. Ev­ery­one is free to protest against some­thing and he should protest if he wants to, but it has to have an out­come,” he says.

Film­maker Ram Gopal Varma took to Twit­ter to com­ment. “In a pre­dom­i­nantly Hindu coun­try, if 3 Mus­lims can be­come the big­gest iconic su­per stars that it­self proves the ma­jor­ity aren’t in­tol­er­ant. Some celebs com­plain­ing about In­tol­er­ance should be the last ones to com­plain be­cos they be­came celebs in a so called in­tol­er­ant coun­try (sic),” he wrote.

How­ever, not ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try is against Aamir. Film­maker Hansal Me­hta agrees with what Aamir had to say. “The fact that he is get­ting trolled on so­cial me­dia shows how in­tol­er­ant we are. When some­one like Aamir says some­thing, one takes it lit­er­ally,” he says.

Ear­lier this month, ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan had sparked off a sim­i­lar de­bate on the same sub­ject. How­ever, SRK went ahead and clar­i­fied on Mon­day night, “I never said In­dia is in­tol­er­ant. When I was asked about it, I said I wouldn’t like talk­ing about it, but when they in­sisted, I had just said that the youth should con­cen­trate on making this a sec­u­lar, | pro­gres­sive coun­try. Mis­con­stru­ing my words might or might not suit a par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal agenda, but I am an­noyed be­cause I didn’t mean what is be­ing por­trayed.”

Ki­ran Rao with son Azad

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