On Monday Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan also joined the chorus in opposition to growing intolerance, saying he has been distressed and alarmed by number of unpleasant incidents and his wife Kiran Rao wants them to leave the country. He also practically supported those turning down and returning their awards, saying that it is one of the ways for artistic people to convey their displeasure or disappointment.
At the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Aamir said “As an individual, as part of this country 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. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents”. The actor feels that the sense of uncertainty and alarm keeps growing for the last 6 to 8 months.
The 50 year old superstar said “When I chat with my wife Kiran at home, she says ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s an unfortunate and huge statement for her to make. She worries for our child. She worries about the atmosphere we are in. She is even scared to open newspapers every morning. That does point out that there is a sense of growing concern, there is growing dejection apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me”.
Aamir feels that for every society, it is imperative to have a sense of security and righteousness. Taking potshots at some political figures, he added, “People who are our elected representatives, who we select to look after us for 5 years, state or centre, when someone takes law into their own hands, we look up to these people to take a 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.”
Giving his backing to the recent move by writers, scientists and movie makers of returning their awards to demonstrate their complaints against the growing intolerance, he said for artistic people it is imperative to voice their opinions.
For years, audience have appreciated every role that Aamir has played on the silver screen from Ajay Rathore in Sarfarosh to Ishaan in Taarey Zamin Par to Rancho in 3 Idiots, the Indian audience has given immense love and admiration to Aamir he became a celebrity in this country. A country where he is loved because of his talent and his name or his faith has nothing to do with our admiration for him.
Aamir’s latest speech has let his fans down and his statements make him sound like a hypocrite. If he and his wife feel so insecure in their own country then as an ex-fan I personally would suggest him to move out.