I don’t think Aamir Khan meant it. Not that he ever says anything he doesn’t mean. But going by his response to the trending hastag ‘‘boycott Laal Singh Chaddha”, I am not too sure Aamir is as word-perfect as he wants us to believe.
Hear what he says when asked about the trending hashtag asking us to boycott his first film in four years(Thugs Of Hindosan in 2018 was a massive flop): “Yes, I feel sad. Also, I feel sad that some of the people who are saying this, in their heart, they believe that I am someone who doesn’t like India. In their hearts they believe, but it is untrue. It is rather unfortunate that some people feel that way. That’s not the case. Please don’t boycott my film. Please watch my film.”
“Someone who doesn’t like India”?!…. what does that mean? Why would the question of him liking or disliking the country of his birth and prosperity ever arise in the minds of even Aamir’s most rabid baiters? Why would he feel that people think he doesn’t “like” India?
They may feel some of his statements smack of an uncertainty which many Indian Muslims feel . But liking or not liking India? These are words of a tourist, not a citizen of India.
Does the question of Aamir ever “liking” his mother ever arise? Aamir may disagree with his mother. But to assert that he likes her is akin to asserting he likes his children
Imagine him saying, “I feel sad that some of the people who are saying this, in their heart, they believe that I am someone who doesn’t like my children….”
Does it make any sense? Do you make any sense to yourself, Aamir Khan?
To go back to November 2015 .Aamir had said, “As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents,” he had said when asked to comment on perception of rising intolerance….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.”
Some months later Aamir had clarified, “I never said India was intolerant or I wanted to leave the country. I also understand the emotions of those who were hurt. I would like to say that my statement was misunderstood and to some extent media is responsible for it. I was born here and I will die here,”
At that time, one understood the confusions turmoil and uncertainty expressed in Aamir’s words. But now just to sell his film to the audience Aamir wants us to know he “likes” India?\
Too touristy, Mr Khan.