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Kiran suggested we leave the country: Aamir Khan on intolerance

'Alarmed' by incidents of intolerance, Mr Perfectionist  says his wife fears for their child and is scared to open the newspapers

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan yesterday joined the chorus of intelligentsia against growing intolerance, saying he has been "alarmed" by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country.

Also read: Anupam Kher questions Aamir Khan over his intolerance remarks

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Aamir Khan speaks at the 8th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi. Pic/PTI

The actor said he also feels that the sense of insecurity and fear has been growing in the past six or eight months. "When I chat with Kiran at home, she says ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day," said Aamir.

"As an individual, as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny," he said while speaking here at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.

 

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Endorsing the move by scientists, writers and filmmakers to return their awards to register their protest against the atmosphere of growing intolerance, he said for creative people it is important to voice what they feel. "A number of creative people increasingly had a certain feeling in them, which they felt they need to express. For creative people, one of the ways of expressing their dissatisfaction or their disappointment is to return their awards. I think that’s one way of getting your point across," he said.

When asked whether he endorsed the protests by the people, Aamir said he would as long as it is non-violent as "all individuals have a right to protest and they can protest in any manner that they feel is right as long as they are not taking the law into their hands."

Also Read: The tolerance versus intolerance debate divides Bollywood

The actor said for any society, it is important to have a sense of security and sense of justice. Taking potshots at politicians, he said, "...People who are our elected representatives, who we select to look after us for five years, state or Centre... when people take the law into their hands, we look upon these people to take a strong stance, to make a strong statement, speed up the legal process. When we see that happening there is a sense of security but when we don’t see that happening there is a sense of insecurity."

Aamir criticised over 'intolerance' comment in 'Incredible' India

Criticising Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan for his views on 'rising intolerance' in the country, film fraternity members Anupam Kher, Ram Gopal Varma and Ashoke Pandit have said as a widely followed superstar, he must spread hope and not fear.

The celebrities took to Twitter to share their opinion on Aamir's statement that his wife and filmmaker Kiran Rao feared for their son's safety and that she once asked if they should leave India.

Anupam Kher, who earlier this month, led a march to protest against a section of artistes who had been returning their awards over 'intolerance' in the country, questioned Aamir if he had asked Kiran "which country would she like to move out to".

"Did you tell her that this country has made you Aamir Khan," the veteran actor, who has worked with Aamir in films like "Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin", "Dil" and "Rang De Basanti", tweeted.

He added: "Dear @aamir_khan. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country and but you never thought of moving out... When did 'Incredible India' become 'Intolerant India' for you? Only in the last seven to eight months? #AtithiDevoBhavah."

Aamir, in 2008, was appointed to endorse the Ministry of Tourism's Incredible India campaign.

Thus, Anupam also questioned Aamir that "presumed (the) country has become intolerant, what do you suggest to millions of Indians? Leave India? Or wait till regime changes?"

He also asked the "Satyamev Jayate" host that while on the show, "you talked about evil practices, but gave hope. So even in 'Intolerant' times you need to spread hope not fear".

Even Ram Gopal Varma came forward to question that when "Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman -- the three biggest stars of the Hindu country India are Muslims, I don't understand where intolerance is?"

"In a predominantly Hindu country, if three Muslims can become the biggest iconic superstars, that itself proves the majority aren't intolerant. Some celebs complaining about intolerance should be the last ones to complain because they became celebs in a so-called intolerant country," he added.

While stressing that "isolated incidents can't be taken as sign of intolerance", Varma also mentioned that "it's the celebs' need for creating drawing room debates to increase their popularity which flares up non existent negativity between communities."

Veteran actor Paresh Rawal, who starred in "OMG: Oh My God!" which questioned the existence of blind faith in godmen -- much like Aamir's blockbuster "PK" -- commented: "'PK' did rattle the belief of Hindus, but Aamir didn't face the wrath of Hindu or THE MAJORITY... but was superhit and made crores."

Censor board chief Ashoke Pandit made a sarcastic remark, saying: "Now that @aamir_khan also feels we are an #IntolerantNation. Let us now go all out and prove once for all that we are really intolerant.

"Kiran Rao led MAMI (film festival) where India and Indian cinema were celebrated. @aamir_khan is himself a superstar loved and celebrated pan-India. Where is the intolerance?"

There was few names who supported Aamir -- music composer Vishal Dadlani of the Vishal-Shekhar duo, and filmmaker Sanjay Gupta.

He 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."

Gupta brought the focus to Aamir's full statement, which the latter made at an awards event in the capital on Monday.

"'That was a disastrous statement for Kiran to make.' Aamir Khan's next line after saying that Kiran wants to leave. Hear the full interview. Those accusing Aamir Khan of being intolerant, please have the tolerance to watch the whole interview. Nowhere does he say he wants to leave India."

 

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11 Comments

  • Manish24-Nov-2015

    You have spent 50 years in this country. Suddenly you feel intolerance. You should runaway from this country.this country gave you all what you have today. What have you given to this country. What you portrayed in Satyamev Jayate and what you show now are different views.Where did you see intolerance ? Only on your partners words . Grow up man. Think before you speak.Stop publicity stunts. Of the 1.2 Billion Indians why are you scared of your lives. Joking huh..

  • Amin24-Nov-2015

    No Surprise , BJP supported are pretending to be blind, its not unusual to think any one with power as GOD in Indians , they are used to this Slavery for long time however back one goes in history ,, BUT TO GIVE SPECIFIC reason .Administration raising BEEF ban to please some section Random people killing a person for eating Beef provoking incidents rss throwing beef in temples to incite riots ... Provoking statements against muslims

  • Abhishek Oza24-Nov-2015

    India is so intolerant that PK made crores !

  • Chandra24-Nov-2015

    Idiot of 3 idiots Confirmed.

  • jcrosse24-Nov-2015

    Same usual BJP cronies Anupam Kher, Ashoke Pandit and Ram Gopal spewing venom.

  • Pritesh24-Nov-2015

    O mitwa sun mitwa tujhko kya darr hai re, yeh dharti apni hai apna ambar hai re

  • ravi24-Nov-2015

    Where will you go amir. Whole of West is worse for a Khan in the name. That leaves Pakistan, and the Arab nations. Do you think these countries will be fair to Kiran like India has been to you? Or she may become an Ayesha or a Sultana, then it is another matter.

  • Ramachandran24-Nov-2015

    Who is stopping Amir Khan from leaving the country. He should have left long time back. not only he also other Khans in the industry should leave. These bollywood guys are head strong and the people of India unnecessarily give these guys importance and keep them on head. Amir Khan and his family should be kicked out of India imeediately.

  • Pri24-Nov-2015

    Arrree......... What happened to those 'Satyamev Jayate' tears....... :D

  • Mona24-Nov-2015

    India is tolerant? Let a man like Aamir Khan speak his mind freely, and you'll find some nationalist Politician who uses the chance to fuliminate against ALL Muslims. There is a new law that forbids Muslims (on anyone non-Hindu) to eat beef, and there have been riots against people who were accused of having beef in their pantry. What kind of toleance is that? Aamir Khan is the one who made Satyamev Jayate, remember? Too much truth and tolerance for the India if today, as it seems.

  • Kiran24-Nov-2015

    Which is the real Amir? This one or the one who ACTED in Satya Mewa Jayate? Satya Mewa Jayate was the serial based on social situation groomed over past 60 years (needless to say who was governing the country then).Calling India "Intolerant" is not only misleading but a statement based on ignoring the history since 1947. Were there any such statements made by any one after 1992 Bombay blasts, Taj Mahal and other terrorist shooting, killing of siks after India Gandhi assassination?Looks like

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