'Leaving your motherland is no solution': Who said what on Aamir Khan's statement on intolerance

Aamir Khan's comments on growing intolerance have provoked mixed responses on Twitter. While several of his industry colleagues have hit out at the actor, many people, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, have also come out in support of the actor.

 Leaving your motherland is no solution: Who said what on Aamir Khans statement on intolerance

Aamir Khan. AFP

Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal and Ram Gopal Varma are among those criticising the actor for saying that he is "alarmed" by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country.

The 50-year-old spoke at at an award function on Monday evening where he said,  "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.That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me."

Kher, who shared screen space with Aamir in Dil, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin among others, was vociferous in his criticism on Twitter. He spoke about his wife Kiran Rao, show Sataymeve Jayate and Incredible India, the India tourism campaign that Aamir was associated with, in a string of tweets lashing out at Khan.

Varma, who gave Aamir one of the most applauded 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 and BJP MP Paresh Rawal, who acted with him in Andaaz Apna Apna and Akele Hum Akele Tum, also hit out at Khan saying that if he believes it is his "motherland then he will never talk about leaving it".

In an interview with Times Now, he added, "I don't agree with him. These kinds of elements are there in all country, but to generalise it like this? I don't agree with him.  He (Aamir) is a very intelligent and balanced fellow, so to say something like Aamir is not a patriot will be too much. Intolerance has been around since 1947. There are few things happening like fringe elements, and he is drawing our attention to them. Aamir is not one to colour it in a political hue, it's not like him to do that."

Even actress Raveena Tandon wasn't taking this lightly and had her own opinion to add.

The censor board's Ashoke Pandit had a sarcastic comment to make both on Aamir and Kiran Rao.

Meanwhile, the BJP slammed Khan's statements insisting that some isolated extreme incidents should not be allowed to define India and took a dig at his wife's suggestion to leave India, saying people move out for many reasons, including for saving taxes.

"Some isolated examples, however, extreme are exceptions to India's inherent tolerant nature. It would be unfortunate to let isolated examples be taken as a norm that define India. Our Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and Aamir Khan like any citizen is entitled to his personal opinion. And any one who disagrees with him also enjoys the same freedom," BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, however had a different take on the issue, saying that Aamir Khan was safe in the country. "We won't let Aamir leave the country, he is safe. This kind of comment influenced by a politically motivated campaign insults those who have given so much honour to Aamir in India."

On one hand, as Aamir Khan was being criticised, on the other hand, there were several people also supported Aamir Khan's statements, chief among them being Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal. Unsurprisingly, Aamir Khan was also the top trend in India with Twitterati weighing in their thoughts on the issue. Some even called out Anupam Kher for his 'personal' remarks and how the outrage was evidence of the growing intolerance.

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With agency inputs

Updated Date: Nov 24, 2015 14:53:26 IST