Aamir Khan's recent statement on "growing intolerance" in India has raised many eyebrows, including in Bollywood.
The actor started trending on Twitter and there has been a series of anti and pro-Aamir Khan comments. Veteran actor Anupam Kher joined the debate, vehemently opposing Aamir's views through a series of tweets.
During the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, Aamir said rising intolerance in India has made his wife Kiran Rao fear for her child and has prompted her to consider leaving India.
The statement triggered a controversy, with mixed responses from all corners.
Anupam Kher, in his tweets, said there have been "worse" times in India but Aamir never thought of shifting to any other country. He also pointed that this country has made Aamir the star he is today, and he should try to spread hope instead of fear.
Meanwhile, singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya also joined in the Twitter war and opposed Aamir's comments with some relatively harsh tweets.
In one of his tweets, Abhijeet also asked Aamir to leave India and retweeted a number of anti-Aamir comments.
Noted filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma targeted Aamir with a series of tweets stressing that a nation that made three Khans the superstars that they are today can never be labelled "intolerant".
If Aamir,Sharuk and Salman the three biggest stars of the Hindu country "India" are Muslims, I don't understand where intolerance is ?— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) November 24, 2015
Isolated incidents cant be taken as sign of intolerance and the super stardom of 3 Muslims is proof enough of the vast majority's tolerance— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) November 24, 2015
If u are really feeling like a family and there's a problem in the family,family members in public wont say theres intolerance in the family— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) November 24, 2015
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor also reacted to Aamir's comment, suggesting that running away from a problem is not the solution.
Mr.&Mrs. Amir Khan. When things are going wrong and the system needs correction,repair it,mend it.Don't run away from it. That is Heroism!— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) November 24, 2015
Actress Raveena Tandon did not name anyone, but clearly expressed her disagreement with Aamir's statement and hinted on a political angle.
Guess all those who did not want pm Modi to become PM,want 2 bring this govt down..sadly becoz of politics,they are shaming country ..— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) November 24, 2015
Wonder why they didn't feel fear when bombs ripped the heart of mumbai.. Or our security was breached #26/11-gosh!no point same argument— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) November 24, 2015
Really-have the guts to say it openly,instead of dragging the whole country's image down,I don't have a problem with any form of protest..— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) November 24, 2015
But when it comes to respecting your nation and what it has done for you ?? Before that ask yourself.. What have you done for the nation?— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) November 24, 2015
Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta chipped in, but apparently in favour of Aamir Khan. He also asked people to watch Aamir's full interview before jumping to any conclusion.
We are definitely not living in an ideal time. Atleast one superstar has the balls to speak his mind. He should be lauded and not hounded.— Sanjay Gupta (@_SanjayGupta) November 24, 2015
THOSE ACCUSING AAMIR KHAN OF BEING INTOLERANT PL HAVE DA TOLERANCE TO WATCH DA WHOLE INTERVIEW. NOWHERE DOES HE SAY HE WANTS TO LEAVE INDIA— Sanjay Gupta (@_SanjayGupta) November 24, 2015
Shirish Kunder apparently expressed his support for the actor.
Kamaal R Khan also asked people to understand the reason behind Aamir's statement.
People must try to think that why is Aamir Khan forced to say something about intolerance who was big supporter of Modi Ji earlier.— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) November 24, 2015
But he also agreed with Ram Gopal Varma's view.