Aamir Khan’s comments on his wife wanting to leave intolerant and unsafe India, has been criticised by the industry. The film fraternity, including actors like Anupam Kher, Ram Gopal Varma, Rishi Kapoor and several others have said that the actor must spread hope and not fear.
Aamir’s statement that his wife Kiran Rao feared for their son’s safety and that she once asked if they should be considering leaving India, is what has received severe criticism.
Ram Gopal Varma tweeted “If Aamir, Shahrukh 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 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 because they became celebs in a so called intolerant country”
Ramu went on to add that isolated incidents shouldn’t be taken as a sign of intolerance.
“Isolated incidents can’t be taken as sign of intolerance and the super stardom of 3 Muslims is proof enough of the vast majority’s tolerance. It’s the celebs need for creating drawing room debates to increase their popularity which flares up non existent negativity between communities. If u are really feeling like a family and there’s a problem in the family, family members in public wont say there’s intolerance in the family. The fact is that the vast majority connect only to individuals deeds and generalised hard feelings are nothing but juvenile noises”
“Compared to any country India is the most tolerant and if some people are unhappy here also they should tell which country they will go to” RGV added.
Actor Paresh Rawal, who starred in “OMG: Oh My God!” which questioned the existence of blind faith in godmen, “Intolerance !PK did rattle the belief of Hindus but Aamir didn’t face the wrath of Hindu or THE MAJORITY, but was super hit n made crores !”
“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 n leave his motherland behind in turmoil or in troubled times (if any )…don’t escape – build it.. If I believe this is my motherland then I will never talk about leaving it ….but I would if I had believed otherwise …” Paresh added.
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?”
Rishi Kapoor had a advise for Aamir and his wife “Mr.&Mrs. Amir Khan. When things are going wrong and the system needs correction, repair it, mend it. Don’t run away from it. That is Heroism!”
Trade analyst Amod Mehra said “#Bajrangi Bhaijaan.. aap ke jigri dost ka KHANdaan is feeling insecure.. Toh aap ka FARZ banta hai ke unko border ke us paar chodke aana !!”
There was few names who supported Aamir — music composer Vishal Dadlani of the Vishal-Shekhar duo.
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.”
Aamir Khan is the brand ambassador of ‘Incredible India’, a campaign by the ruling government, which promotes Indian tourism outside the country.