‘I AM NOT SCARED OF ANY­BODY’

Ir­rfan Khan re­cently got em­broiled in sev­eral con­tro­ver­sies for his out­spo­ken re­marks but that’s not go­ing to stop him from speak­ing his mind out, says the ac­tor

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

Ir­rfan Khan is some­one who never minces his words. The 49-year-old ac­tor’s views on the Is­lamic tra­di­tion of qur­bani (slaugh­ter­ing of an­i­mals) and fast­ing dur­ing Ramzan re­cently be­came a hot topic for dis­cus­sion across so­cial me­dia plat­forms. His state­ments re­sulted in a strong back­lash against him, but Ir­rfan says there’s noth­ing that can stop him from speak­ing his mind.

“I am not scared of any­body,” is his re­ply when asked if he’ll watch his words hence­forth to avoid get­ting em­broiled in con­tro­ver­sies. Re­cently, he had also ban­tered: “Kya Sal­man ka rape hua? (Was Sal­man raped?),” stir­ring a fresh con­tro­versy, when an in­ter­viewer asked him for his take on ac­tor Sal­man Khan’s ‘raped woman’ re­mark.

But pub­lic opin­ion on his state­ments doesn’t bother Ir­rfan. If he is scared of some­thing, it’s ‘get­ting mis­in­ter­preted’. “Not ev­ery­thing I say gets picked up. Peo­ple are al­ways very se­lec­tive about what they want to hear. Pub­lic opin­ions can be used to cre­ate pow­er­ful thoughts, but when peo­ple start mis­in­ter­pret­ing words, things gets an­a­lysed for all the wrong rea­sons. I get very sad and skep­ti­cal about such things,” he says.

The ac­tor, whose film Madaari re­leased re­cently, says that al­though he can’t stop him­self from shar­ing his thoughts pub­licly, it’s a wise idea to be cau­tious when one is on a pub­lic plat­form. “Any­one has the free­dom to in­ter­pret what­ever you say, and in what­ever man­ner. You can­not blame peo­ple for think­ing that way. So, one has to be care­ful and think about the con­text be­fore talk­ing. That’s only how one should speak. That’s how I work,” he says.

Not ev­ery­thing that I say gets picked up. Peo­ple are al­ways very se­lec­tive about what they want to hear IR­RFAN KHAN, AC­TOR

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