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Aamir criticised over ‘intolerance’ comment in ‘Incredible’ India



Criticising Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan for his views on ‘rising intolerance’ in the country, film fraternity members Anupam Kher, Ram Gopal Varma and Ashoke Pandit have said as a widely followed superstar, he must spread hope and not fear.

The celebrities took to Twitter to share their opinion on Aamir’s statement that his wife and filmmaker Kiran Rao feared for their son’s safety and that she once asked if they should leave India.

Anupam, who earlier this month, led a march to protest against a section of artistes who had been returning their awards over ‘intolerance’ in the country, questioned Aamir if he had asked Kiran “which country would she like to move out to”.

“Did you tell her that this country has made you Aamir Khan,” the veteran actor, who has worked with Aamir in films like “Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin”, “Dil” and “Rang De Basanti”, tweeted.

He added: “Dear @aamir_khan. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country and but you never thought of moving out… When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’ for you? Only in the last seven to eight months? #AtithiDevoBhavah.”

Aamir, in 2008, was appointed to endorse the Ministry of Tourism’s Incredible India campaign.

Thus, Anupam also questioned Aamir that “presumed (the) country has become intolerant, what do you suggest to millions of Indians? Leave India? Or wait till regime changes?”

He also asked the “Satyamev Jayate” host that while on the show, “you talked about evil practices, but gave hope. So even in ‘Intolerant’ times you need to spread hope not fear”.

Even Ram Gopal Varma came forward to question that when “Aamir, Shah Rukh 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 three Muslims can become the biggest iconic superstars, 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,” he added.

While stressing that “isolated incidents can’t be taken as sign of intolerance”, Varma also mentioned that “it’s the celebs’ need for creating drawing room debates to increase their popularity which flares up non existent negativity between communities.”

Veteran actor Paresh Rawal, who starred in “OMG: Oh My God!” which questioned the existence of blind faith in godmen — much like Aamir’s blockbuster “PK” — commented: “‘PK’ did rattle the belief of Hindus, but Aamir didn’t face the wrath of Hindu or THE MAJORITY… but was superhit and made crores.”

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?”

There was few names who supported Aamir — music composer Vishal Dadlani of the Vishal-Shekhar duo, and filmmaker Sanjay Gupta.

He 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.”

Gupta brought the focus to Aamir’s full statement, which the latter made at an awards event in the capital on Monday.

“‘That was a disastrous statement for Kiran to make.’ Aamir Khan’s next line after saying that Kiran wants to leave. Hear the full interview. Those accusing Aamir Khan of being intolerant, please have the tolerance to watch the whole interview. Nowhere does he say he wants to leave India.”

wefornews bureau


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But the members should not forget that even if they join another party, they should not forget that Rajini’s fans were the members of the RMM.After announcing that his political entry was confirmed and that he would unveil political plans on the 2021 New Year eve, Rajini made a U-turn and said he was notentering politics and not starting a political party in view of his health condition and the corona pandemic.

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Notice to Amazon Prime over ‘Tandav’ by Information and Broadcasting Ministry

According to the sources, a proper response to all the allegations has been sought from Amazon Prime, failing which action would be taken against it.




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New Delhi, Jan 18: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued notice to Amazon Prime, seeking its response to the complaints against its web series ‘Tandav’ starring Saif Ali Khan.

Ministry sources that notice has been issued to the platform as it had released the series, and came as the ministry took serious notice of complaints against ‘Tandav’.

The web series had faced charges of inflaming religious passions and some police complaints have also been filed. According to the complaints, Hindu deities have been denigrated in it.

According to the sources, a proper response to all the allegations has been sought from Amazon Prime, failing which action would be taken against it.

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Furious with division being created on the basis of religion, says Naseeruddin Shah

Shah said even though his mother was uneducated and was brought up in an orthodox household, she was completely against the idea of changing one’s religion.




Naseeruddin Shah

Mumbai, Jan 17 : Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed concerns over the divide being created in the country between Hindus and Muslims in the name of love jihad.

The 70-year-old actor made the comments in a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, shared on its YouTube channel on Sunday.

“I am really furious with the way divisions are being created, like the love jihad tamasha in UP. Firstly, the people who coined this phrase don’t know the meaning of the word jihad.

“I don’t think that anyone would be so stupid to actually believe that Muslims will overtake the Hindu population, it is unimaginable. For that, Muslims will have to have so many babies. So, this whole notion is unreal, Shah said in the interview.

Last year in November, Uttar Pradesh became the first state in India to pass an ordinance against forcible or “dishonest” religious conversions.

In the last few months, states like Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have also revealed plans to enact laws to counter alleged attempts to convert Hindu women to Islam in the guise of marriage, which political leaders often refer to as love jihad .

The “Bandish Bandits” actor believes the term “love jihad” stems from the idea of stigmatising inter-faith marriages and stop social interactions between Hindus and Muslims.

They not only want to discourage inter-faith marriages but also curtail social interactions between Hindus and Muslims, he added.

Shah, who is married to theatre-film actor Ratna Pathak Shah, said he always believed that his marriage to a Hindu woman would set a “healthy precedent”.

We have taught our children about every religion. But we have never told them that they belong to any particular religion. I always believed that these differences would slowly fade away. I believed that my marriage to a Hindu woman would set a healthy precedent. I don’t think this is wrong, he said.

The actor said when he was about to tie the knot with the Ratna Pathak Shah, his mother had asked if he would want his would-be wife to convert to his religion and his answer was no.

Shah said even though his mother was uneducated and was brought up in an orthodox household, she was completely against the idea of changing one’s religion.

“My mother who was uneducated, brought up in an orthodox household, prayed five times a day, observed Roza all her life, went for the Haj pilgrimage, she said, ‘The things that have been taught to you in your childhood how can that change? It is not right to change one’s religion’,” he said.

The critically-acclaimed performer said he feels saddened to see the harassment young couples are facing these days in the name of “love jihad”.

“This is not the world I had dreamt of, he added.

In a 2018 interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat, Shah had said that at many places the death of a cow is being given more importance than the killing of a policeman.

The veteran actor had also expressed anxiety over the well-being of his children, who he said have not been brought up as followers of any particular religion.

Soon after the interview was released online, the actor’s remark evoked outrage among some social media users.

In the new interview, Shah said he failed to understand the reason behind such an adverse reaction to his statement.

All I had said was that the death of a cow had taken precedence over the death of a person and it makes me very angry. This was misinterpreted that I was expressing fear, when in fact I never used the word fear.

“I have repeatedly said that I am not afraid. I am angry. Why should I be afraid? I am in my own country; I am at my own home. Five generations of my family are buried in this land. My ancestors have been living here for the last three hundred years. If this doesn’t make me a Hindustani, then what does? he asked.

The actor said it has become difficult for a person to share their views publicly due to fear of instant backlash.

“The difficult part is there is no possibility of (freely) exchanging ideas anymore. If you say anything, even in support of the nation, you are accused instantly, Shah added.

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