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.
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:
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.
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.