First, get this straight – I am a huge fan of Aamir Khan. Of his body of work, the way he conducts himself, and the way he respects people despite being competitive. But that does not mean I agree with everything he says or does – in reference to his recent remarks on rising intolerance in India. I am no blind fan of his. And that is why I decided to write an Open Letter to him. Here goes: Also Read - Aamir Khan Trolled For Not Wearing Mask, Fans Say 'Lagta Hai Vaccine Le Li Hai'
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It is no secret in journalistic circles that I am the biggest Aamir Khan fan, and you know it too. But this open letter is not from a journalist who has met you a number of times, but from a true, die-hard Aamir Khan fan. Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Fardeen Khan – Get Ready For These 9 Bollywood Comebacks In 2021
Irrespective of the fact that I have great respect for Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan as well, and Salman Khan who breezed past you in Maine Pyar Kiya that released just a year after your debut Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, I still stuck with you. When my friends moved on to being fans of other stars, I hung on to you.
And it is the faith that millions like me have had in you that has helped you become a bigger star and personality that you were. I am sure you will agree with me. But the admiration and respect of some of these millions might wane away, with your CASUAL remarks on intolerance in India.
Think seriously, Mr Aamir Khan, is the situation really that bad in your country? A few hate crimes or seemingly communal incidents do not make the country unsafe for its citizens, and especially celebrities like you with an unparalleled security cover.
Can you even compare it to what is happening in some other parts of the world – West Africa, for example, or the Islamic State (IS) strongholds? How can you make such a casual statement about your country? C’mon, your movie Dangal is not even based on such issues – it might have some bits but we know it is based on wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his two wrestler daughters.
If you make a remark on intolerance that shows that the situation is so bad in India that Muslims, and Hindus related to them, are thinking of leaving the country, what message does it send out to the Muslim minority in the country and also the nation as a whole? Isn’t it dangerous to make such remarks that can lead to further disharmony?
Coming from you, people will, of course, take it seriously. Anybody who is reasonably scared even reading the newspaper about such incidents will start wondering if we need to leave the country. Leave the country and go where, Mr Khan?
Actor Anupam Kher, although belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, is right when he asks you – ‘When did Incredible India become Intolerant India?’ You, as tourism ambassador for not Gujarat or Kerala but the entire India with the Incredible India campaign, need to think twice before you speak on intolerance or issues that are sensitive for the masses.
You, as the Oprah Winfrey of India with your issues-based television show Satyamev Jayate, need to rephrase your words on any topic to make sure that people don’t get the wrong message.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m still a big fan of yours. But it is most likely that the masses will get you wrong – and this time, it’s not about Bollywood gossip or something on your rivalry with Shah Rukh Khan, but about communal harmony. (ALSO SEE: Anti-Award Wapasi: Bhoothnath director protests against Shah Rukh Khan in intolerance debate – Video)
We, as Aamir Khan’s admirers, would be happy if the star that you are comes out of your safe Ivory Tower and issues a statement again. Explain your fears about intolerance but also emphasise that 99 per cent of India is still, indeed, living in complete communal harmony. Hope this is not too much to ask of a responsible citizen like you. Satyamev Jayate.
One of Millions of Your (Concerned) Fans.