Indians lash out at Aamir Khan for statement on intolerance

Published: November 24, 2015
Does this prove that India is, in fact, intolerant? PHOTO: Women in the World/Twitter

Does this prove that India is, in fact, intolerant? PHOTO: Women in the World/Twitter

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has attracted immense attention after disclosing that his wife suggested they leave India following cases of religious intolerance in the country.

Wife suggested we leave India: Aamir Khan

Soon enough, #AamirKhan hit top trends on Twitter and hostile comments from Bollywood and enraged fans surfaced.

Actor Anupam Kher, who has been vocal about his stance on ‘intolerance in India‘, was the first from tinsel town to lash out at the actor:

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor had a few words of advice for Aamir:

Former actress Raveena Tandon was also furious, but chose not to name or tag anyone in her tweets, though it was fairly clear who she was referring to:

Singer Abhijeet compared his wife to Aamir’s:

However, renowned Indian journalist Barkha Dutt stood by Aamir:

Whereas Bigg Biss Season 4 winner has chosen to ban Aamir Khan:

The Jazbaa director knows better than to preach freedom of speech:

I never said India is intolerant: Shah Rukh Khan

Fans were a little unforgiving:

And then there were others who were all for Aamir’s argument:

Director Anurag Kashyap too shared his views on the matter: “Intolerance has always been there. We don’t have freedom of expression. It is something we have to live with, do our own bit, fight and refuse to participate. I hope it silences,” he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

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India’s ruling party BJP also reacted, terming Aamir’s statement unfair. ”We won’t let Aamir leave the country, he is safe. This kind of comment influenced by a politically motivated campaign insults those who have given so much honour to Aamir in India,” said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

Earlier another Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, came under fire when he said there was growing intolerance in India.

“It is stupid… It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our biggest 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 said.

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  • Bunty
    Nov 24, 2015 - 4:45PM

    This is what happen, if someone try to speak the truth… India now a days are the most intolerant and undafe country….Recommend

  • Chauhan
    Nov 24, 2015 - 5:29PM

    True face of Hindu India showing.Recommend

  • Dr. Faiza Hashim
    Nov 24, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Aamir Khan’s statement showed the real intolerant India.


  • Stranger
    Nov 24, 2015 - 6:35PM

    AK is able to speak his mind so freely only bec of tolerance . Imagine him speaking so freely in an intolerant country. He would be either shot dead or thrown out . Recommend

  • Dr. Faiza Hashim
    Nov 24, 2015 - 6:37PM

    I’m not a die hard fan of Aamir’s but i’ve seen one of his shows, satya vijay something, and he actually helped ppl out through that platform, he passed numerous bills for child protection and just bcz of that show his movie Dhoom 3 was released late and he gave had to pay the producers himself. I mean when he was doing good, every one praised him for that, the moment he speaks the truth, every one lashes out on him. Poor Him.

    Too much for freedom of speech!Recommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 24, 2015 - 6:54PM

    Guys don`t miss Barkha Dutt comment in the article, speaking her heart out like a true human being. Recommend

  • Chaudhry Nabil Shahzad
    Nov 24, 2015 - 7:14PM

    I literally laughed on what’s happening in Indian Industry, I mean is Amir Khan human without errors? Look who is judging who in Indian Industry, on the basis of religion. This is really Shameful.

    Furthermore, Dear Indians we don’t judge and Amir Khan is most welcome in Pakistan or anywhere in the world as his worked proved bigger than all of you, not just in terms of acting but also in terms of humanity.

    PK Hazam nai hoi Indian ko!Recommend

  • Muhammad Qayyum Qudrat
    Nov 24, 2015 - 7:53PM

    India should revisit Gandhi and Nehru ideology…Maulana Abu Ul Kalam Azad must have been surprised in heavens..Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 24, 2015 - 8:00PM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim:

    He is not attacked or killed. They just replied to his comments so please understand the difference.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Nov 24, 2015 - 8:20PM

    This what your stupid baldy actor named anupam kher is doing. Who is this rishi kapoor. Is she son of Raj Kapoor. Pathetic. They are so scared of intolerance that they quickly started tweeting.Thanks to twitter other wise how would shiv Sena headmaster know he has his household staff in Mumbai.Recommend

  • Oats
    Nov 24, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Muhammad Qayyum Qudrat: As long as these Indian actors and others don’t come to Pakistan, it’s their own business. Pakistan already has too many migrants from neighboring countries including Afghanistan and India.Recommend

  • S Khan
    Nov 24, 2015 - 8:53PM

    Hey, I agreed with Mr @ Stranger comments…..Recommend

  • ABC
    Nov 24, 2015 - 9:08PM

    There is no freedom of speech in India. AK should have known that. Extremist Hindus are not attacking his homeRecommend

  • Jyothish Vijay
    Nov 24, 2015 - 9:36PM

    People here have lost their minds…..just think before u post
    Most people here is seen saying….because there were so many Indians objecting to Aamir Khan, India is intolerant. They want Aamir Khan to have the freedom of expression……just think -didn’t Aamir get that freedom? What else do you hypocrites want… want Aamir Khan to be able to make a statement and NOT BE criticized?

    If that’s what you guys want…..may I ask you where is the freedom of expression of all those opposing Aamir Khan

    In a truly free nation Aamir Khan should be able to make factually incorrect statement and malign the nation… could be an irresponsible behaviour on part of Aamir, but he should have the freedom to be stupid, the freedom to be irresponsible…….but at the same te sane people should have the right to criticize him downrightRecommend

  • troll
    Nov 24, 2015 - 9:46PM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim: it was “satyameva jayate”.

    Imagine a Pakistani celebrity saying he wants to leave Pakistan and migrate to different country?

    Does “adnan sami” ring a bell? how was he treated in Pakistan?

    Amir khan made lot of political shows depicting he is some kind of patriotic Indian, but when few unfortunate incidents popped up, he wants to run away from the country. When all of India expects him to stand his ground and fight to fix the system, he wants to run away. Real “intolerance” there, isn’t it?Recommend

  • True
    Nov 24, 2015 - 11:55PM

    @Chaudhry Nabil Shahzad:
    Let’s say if PK was made in Pakistan what fate would it have met & the crew associated with it. I think the world remembers Salman Taseer.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 25, 2015 - 12:30AM

    Saying the right thing, in the wrong way………gets you into trouble. Aamir Khan finds out the hard way.Recommend

  • LS
    Nov 25, 2015 - 1:35AM

    So you think in this day and age the true face is Islam is lost on people? People here are just reacting on Twitter while more than 130 people died in Paris.

    You decide…Recommend

  • Dr. Faiza Hashim
    Nov 25, 2015 - 1:36AM

    Did he leave India already? All of you banning him from his own country where he lived and he made himself, his very OWN ppl (if you consider muslims as your own to the slightest) just bcz of his fears, which his WIFE, not him is facing, and just bcz he spoke up the truth about the future of your lovely India, well that shows lot of tolerance.

    Aamir Khan, you are more thn welcome here, anytime. Not bcz your name ends with Khan, just bcz we’ve always welcomed everybody in Pakistan wholeheartedly. Your ppl may lash on you but we will welcome you, our country may be intolerant or not, we will welcome you for our hospitality :)Recommend

  • LS
    Nov 25, 2015 - 1:40AM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim:
    Do you even know what is “Freedom of speech”? Was he banned by the government for speaking out or is there a law in India that prevents people from speaking out? Was he arrested for speaking out? Just because there is a reaction (both positive and negative to his statement) You think there is NO “Freedom of speech”? These reactions are from people not the state or a political Party. In fact BJP did say that he is safe and will make sure that he stays…

    I suggest that you go to a psychologist and get your head checked before you treat other unsuspecting patients… Recommend

  • Nov 25, 2015 - 1:40AM

    P.k really effects badly to Indians. If they have sense they can understand the basic concept of that movie. Try to believe on one manufacturer. But how can they understand? Good decision of Ak
    Srk must think about it…Recommend

  • Dr. Faiza Hashim
    Nov 25, 2015 - 1:41AM

    He havn’t left yet, he just showed his concerns, so yeah understand the difference!

    Regarding adnan sami, there is a diff for leaving a country for fame and leaving a country bcz it’s not safe for his children. And if he is concerned for his family, his ppl will abandon him, so much for TOLERANT INDIA

    P.S. How many of you havn’t left your great india already bcz of the corrupt system and just bcz no one can really prosprous there?? Well we all know the answer. Recommend

  • Asok
    Nov 25, 2015 - 3:52AM

    The backlash has proven that he (or rather, his wife) is right.Recommend

  • Jaleel Ahmed
    Nov 25, 2015 - 8:15AM

    Leaving India will not solve the problem, intolerance is everywhere in the world, better leave the earth.Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 25, 2015 - 10:15AM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim:

    Faiza he can show concern , even we can criticize him. Recommend

  • qurat
    Nov 25, 2015 - 12:17PM

    Where is freedom of speech ?
    From all these tweets, they have proved intolerance…. Well done.. :-)Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 25, 2015 - 12:20PM

    Please amir khan leave India we have an emergency in India..every day people are as of now leave for 4-5 yrs…we will call you when things are good. You will have to leave Bollywood for that time period since u wont be shooting here…. Guys amir khan does not care about money and fame ..he will leave all that….LOLRecommend

  • Indian
    Nov 25, 2015 - 12:21PM

    Talking about free speech are people of islamic republic ..who just a few days before had issues with pakistan being called as liberal.Recommend

  • Point
    Nov 25, 2015 - 12:57PM

    Few days back when Pakistanis only demanded that a Pakistani singer who sough residence in India should ONLY appologize. indians went mad that Pakistan cannot let anyone live freely. The guy Adnan Sami who earned fame in indian ONLY BECAUSE he was famous in Pakistan. But anyways we didnt even went wild like indians has gone on an issue here. Imagine if Aamir Khan really moves abroad. How ill these indians will speak about him !! At least Pakistan is much more tolerant when compared with India. Recommend

  • Nov 25, 2015 - 1:59PM

    Where is freedom of express in democratic India? Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Nov 25, 2015 - 2:05PM

    “This is what happen, if someone try to speak the truth… India now a days are the most intolerant and undafe country….”

    Want to know of any other country where one acts in a movie that mocks their faith and their Gods and that movie becomes a super hit (PK earned 300crores). In any other country they would have hanged him. And still we as Indians are intolerant. Talk of hypocrites.Recommend

  • Dr. Faiza Hashim
    Nov 25, 2015 - 2:45PM

    @tony singh
    Want to know a country where a guy showed respect for the neighbour country, where a dumb and deaf girl is shown to kiss her own flag and that movie is banned and Salman khan is criticized too? So much for hypocrisy

    And you really want to know the real story of that girl geeta who lived here in edhi sahab’s care and she even practiced her relegion under the same roof where others offered namaz? So think twice before talking about hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Dr. Faiza Hashim
    Nov 25, 2015 - 2:48PM

    @tony singh

    You throw in our face some article where ppl reacted against blasphemy, we can show u really well how your leader ordered mass killings of muslims. So kindly refrain from indulging relegion here.Recommend

  • Gaurav Jain
    Nov 25, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Aamir Khan should remember that the people of India has made him what he is today, So if he feels the need to leave India, he is free to do so and i request the people of the country to boycott all his films henceforth.Recommend

  • Jovan
    Nov 25, 2015 - 4:31PM

    so not voicing the opinion is considered tolerance in pakiland? well , that explains alot.Recommend

  • Jovan
    Nov 25, 2015 - 4:37PM

    Aamir can criticize Indians and Indians can criticize aamir.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Nov 25, 2015 - 5:32PM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim:
    “You throw in our face some article where ppl reacted against blasphemy, we can show u really well how your leader ordered mass killings of muslims. So kindly refrain from indulging relegion here.”

    The fact that you have the Blasphemy law itself shows the level of intolerance. In India at least we have a debate, but in your country you settle the issue by killing.
    BTW I am a Sikh and I can say Hindus are most tolerant people. They are the ones who saved us from Congress goons in 1984.
    Perhaps either you feign ignorance or you genuinely have no idea of Gujarat riots. The fact of matter is the then CM Modi was two months into the office when incident occurred. There was shortage of police personnel to quell the riot and CM requested additional personnel from Rajasthan and MP. Both were ruled by congress at the time. They refused to loan police personnel. True some politicians were involved, but then they were tried and punished.


  • Tony Singh
    Nov 25, 2015 - 5:42PM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim:
    “Want to know a country where a guy showed respect for the neighbour country, where a dumb and deaf girl is shown to kiss her own flag and that movie is banned and Salman khan is criticized too? So much for hypocrisy”
    And the movie went on to become one of the biggest hits in India and still we are INTOLERANT.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Nov 25, 2015 - 5:52PM

    It is quite funny that if any statement is made from any muslim actor the only valid response from a section of indians is to go to Pakistan. What has Pakistan got to do with his statement which regardless of whether being politically motivated or being of genuine concern for well being needs to be looked at in its merit. Majority of the Indian people including Hindus are tolerant and secular. The concern begin voiced is the present stance and government silence towards hate statements made by right wing extremist outfits such as RSS, Hindu Mahaasba and so many others which are only serving to instill such fear in minorities. Even the Assaam Governor made a statement that India is for Hindus why is not being charged with sedition and speaking against the constitution. And where such people as Amir Khan who as celebrity are a pride for their country voice their concern than rather than it being understood is being criticised in this way only because now he is considered a Muslim first and Indian later. whatever happened to freedom of speech and secularism. Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Nov 25, 2015 - 5:55PM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim:
    “And you really want to know the real story of that girl geeta who lived here in edhi sahab’s care and she even practiced her relegion under the same roof where others offered namaz? So think twice before talking about hypocrisy.”
    For one Geeta there are tens if not hundreds of Pakistani children coming to India for treatment and people here raise funds for them to stay.
    Now that may be going too far. People have shades of grey. There is good and bad in any society.
    Point is very simple : Amir Khan for his personal animosity towards Mr. Modi (which date backs to Narmada Dam days), has no right to tarnish country as a whole with one brush. And if he has the freedom of speech to do so, we as Indians also have freedom of speech to have an alternative point of view. Just because he has said something does not make it gospel truth. Remember it is he/his wife who had the idea of moving out of India. Nobody in India asked him to move out or make his intentions public.Recommend

  • whatever
    Nov 25, 2015 - 11:26PM

    @Dr. Faiza Hashim: can you tell us why youtube is banned in pakistan, why sabeena mehmod and salmaan taseer died, why asia bibi is in jail, why malala is not returning to Pakistan?Recommend

  • Arr
    Nov 26, 2015 - 1:16AM

    I will not watch amir khan’s movies. We should ban all his movies in India. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Nov 26, 2015 - 6:38AM


    I will not watch amir khan’s movies. We should ban all his movies in India.

    Hence proof that Aamir is right about intolerance in India.Recommend

  • Siva Sankar
    Nov 26, 2015 - 7:46AM

    Dear AamirKhan
    I like your films, though i don’t know Hindi, I use to watch most of your films. When I have seen Satyamev jayate episodes, I became a big fan to you. I admire you, because you want to help people of Mother India. But when Mother is in difficult situation, will you leave her ? if so, you are not the good son.Recommend

  • Dr. Faiza Hashim
    Nov 26, 2015 - 9:44AM


    Yes i can, but i won’t bcz you are getting off the point. If u want to open all the controversies of your neighbour country bcz your actor said something, im sorry I dnt get what kind of tolerance is that? You want to start country-countroversy-war here, I’m sorry i won’t do that you can do that somewhere else.Recommend

  • Ramakrishna
    Nov 26, 2015 - 12:05PM

    @Hameed: Every one has an opinion on Aamir Khan’s opinion. You can’t force him to watch Aamir Khan’s movies. It is his choice. Where is the intolerance coming into picture here?Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Nov 26, 2015 - 12:09PM

    u guys first look at u r side what r u.don’t try to pretend that u r too smart enough to insult others.first see amir’s interview and judge, don’t put unnecessary uselss comments on seeing a statement on social site…try to be real man.Recommend

  • aashish
    Nov 26, 2015 - 1:31PM

    all this is reaction of increasing islamic fundamentalismRecommend

  • Amrita Nayak
    Nov 30, 2015 - 7:02AM

    Here’s a small story for my fellow Indians. Amir: “Mom, I want to leave this house, my siblings express intolerance. I do not feel secure anymore”. Mom: Amir, you should be the last one to complain. You have been a lucky & pampered child in this house. Your siblings have struggled nuch more to build this house to what it is today. Work with them and fix the issues if you can”. Now siblings start discussing Amir and fight among themselves. Siblings: “Amir, If you want to leave the house, go ahead and leave”. Amir to siblings: “You are only proving my point. This is what I meant -You are intolerant”.
    Now get the point? Who initiated this argument? LOL!!Recommend

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