Aamir Khan's intolerance remarks: Some Bollywood celebs troll him, others support him

Mumbai: Superstar Aamir Khan's comments on growing intolerance have provoked sharp reactions on Twitter with his industry colleagues Anupam Kher and Ram Gopal Varma, berating him, asking "When did 'Incredible India' become 'Intolerant India' for you".

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan

The 50-year-old "PK" star during his outing at an award function last evening in the national capital had said he has been "alarmed" by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. Kher, who shared screen space with Aamir in "Dil", "Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin" among others, hit out at him saying, "India has made him what he is".

"Dear @aamir_khan. Did you ask Kiran which country would she like to move out to? Did you tell her that this country has made you AAMIR KHAN. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country but you never thought of moving out," Anupam Kher posted on Twitter.

Taking a dig at Aamir's 'Atithi Devo Bhavah' campaign and his popular TV show "Satyamev Jayate", Kher added, "Dear @aamir_khan. When did 'Incredible India' become 'Intolerant India' for you? Only in the last 7-8 months? #AtithiDevoBhavah.

"#SatyamevaJayate you talked about evil practices but gave Hope. So even in 'Intolerant' times you need to spread Hope not Fear."

Ram Gopal Varma, who gave Aamir one of his hit films of his career "Rangeela", wrote, "Some celebs complaining about Intolerance should be the last ones to complain because they became celebs in a so called intolerant country."

Actor Paresh Rawal said if Aamir believes it is his "motherland then he will never talk about leaving it". "Aamir is a fighter so he should not leave but change the situation in the country! jeena yahan marna yahan!

A true patriot will not run away and leave his motherland behind in turmoil or in troubled times (if any )... Don't escape - build it...," Rawal, who acted with him in "Andaz Apna Apna" and "Akele Hum Akele Tum", posted.

Rishi Kapoor also joined the bandwagon of celebrities slamming Aamir for his intolerance remarks. "Mr & Mrs Aamir Khan. When things are going wrong and the system needs correction, repair it, mend it. Don't run away from it. That is Heroism!," Kapoor tweeted.

Actress Raveena Tandon, who has worked with Aamir Khan in 'Andaz Apna Apna', refrained from naming Aamir but suggested that people who are not happy with Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India are raising the intolerance issue.

Here is what she tweeted:

Some celebs stand up in support of Aamir Khan

While there were many people from the film fraternity who hit out at Aamir Khan, there were some who backed the 'Ghajini' star -- music composer Vishal Dadlani of the Vishal-Shekhar duo, filmmaker Sanjay Gupta and veteran award-winning director Saeed Mirza, to name a few.

Sanjay Gupta tweeted asking people to catch the full interview before forming an opinion. He points out that the star never mentions that he wants to leave India and even says that that was a disastrous statement that Kiran Rao made.

Vishal Dadlani said: "More power to your voice, @aamir_khan Sir! This is OUR country, it belongs to ALL Indians. Not to rabid lunatics from any party/religion. Thanks to Aamir Sir, for speaking against intolerance! Proud to see the giants of film, use their voices for India."

"Look, you have points of view. Let them be heard. I heard about the statement of Aamir Khan this morning. In fact, I read about it. He has a point of view, let it be heard. We can debate it," veteran award-winning director Saeed Mirza told IANS on the sidelines of a parallel student's film festival organised by the students of the Film and Television Institute of India in Panaji.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt told a television channel: "Whatever he said was in a simple manner and what his wife told him. If people have issues and are afraid to live in India, the government should come forward and address those issues. Yes, the situation of the country has changed, it is not a political statement, it is the government's duty to listen to such voices."

Pakistani filmmaker Jamshed Mahmood Raza said: "If Aamir Khan is speaking out about intolerance and facing a backlash, the Indian actor is probably right."

  • Seriously Me25-Nov-2015

    Raveena Tandon, people have the right to their own opinion as much as you do. The only difference is that you are trying to twist a statement to make it sound as if it was an allegation made against the Prime Minister alone. Stop going to desperate lengths to prove your loyalty in hope of getting some recognition and rewards, its sad to see you join other has-beens just to pull down people who have achieved much more than you have, simply for speaking truthfully whats on their mind.

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