Published On: Tue, Nov 24th, 2015

Kiran recommended leaving india: Amir Khan




The well known Bollywood superstar, Aamir Khan, revealed that his wife, Kiran Rao, is frightened because of many issues relating to religious bigotry and even she has recommended going away from India.

Mr. Perfectionist said at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards “I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents”.

He further told that he feels he is not secure and frightened because of the incidents which have been increasing in India since the previous six or eight months.

“When I chat with Kiran at home, she tells, ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a devastating and a big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels afraid to open the newspapers every day.

Kiran Rao is the wife of Amir Khan and she is a filmmaker. The actor further, who is 50 years old, revealed that “There is this feeling of increasing unrest. There is increasing hopelessness distant from the alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That feeling does survive in me”. He then said that for any social order, it was significant to have a feeling of safety and feeling of fairness.

He supported the action by authors to give back their awards to record their protest opposite to the environment of increasing bigotry. Aamir khan told that it was significant for educated and artistic people to raise their voices against the atmosphere and what they feel. He further added that the ways for artistic people to convey their displeasure or distress are to give back their awards.

“A number of creative people – historians, scientists – increasingly had a certain feeling in them, which they felt they need to express,” he told.

The question was asked that whether Amir authorized the demonstration by the populace, he shared that he would support till then this protest is peaceful as “all persons have a right to protest and they can protest in any way they sense it is right as long as they are not getting the law into their hands.”

Predictably, Aamir’s speech wasn’t taken optimistically in India with colleagues burst out at the luminary on Twitter. The Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher, was more verbal.

The ruling party of India, BJP, also responded, expressed Aamir’s statement excessive. ”We won’t let Aamir leave the country, he is secure. This sort of remarks prejudiced by a politically provoked campaign offends those who have given so much honor to Aamir in India,” told Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

Previously one more Bollywood megastar, Shah Rukh Khan, arrived under blaze when he told there was increasing bigotry in India.

“It is stupid… It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our major issue, not just an issue… Religious intolerance and not being secular in this country is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot,” he had told.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.