Aamir Khan, one of Bollywood’s leading stars, provoked a deluge of criticism on social media after suggesting there is a growing climate of intolerance in India.
The star of Hindi films ‘Three Idiots’, ’PK’ and host of talk show Satyamev Jayate (‘Truth Alone Prevails’), which focuses on social and cultural issues impacting India, started trending on Twitter following his comments, mainly with an onslaught of opposition over his stance.
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.— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) November 23, 2015
One of the first to engage in this war of words was Anupam Kher, who himself courted controversy recently when he organized the ‘March for India’. “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,” was one of the many questions he posed to Aamir on Twitter.
Guess all those who did not want pm Modi to become PM,want 2 bring this govt down..sadly becoz of politics,they are shaming country ..— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) November 24, 2015
Others like Indian film director Ram Gopal Varma, suggested that Aamir was motivated by fame at the expense of inciting tensions. “It’s the celebs need for creating drawing room debates to increase their popularity which flares up non existent negativity [between] communities. Some celebs complaining about Intolerance should be the last ones to complain [because] they became celebs in a so called intolerant country.”
Aamir Khan has since released a statement on his official Facebook page stating: “To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and I do not need anyone’s permission nor endorsement for that.”SHOW MORE