Actor Aamir Khan on Monday faced some tough questions from students on issues ranging from Bollywood’s bias towards north-eastern youngsters to reservation in society and Indian’s appalling behaviour towards visitors from abroad.
Aamir was in Bhopal to attend the Round Square International Conference organised by Sanskaar Valley School. According to the organizers, students from 51 schools across India and 22 foreign countries participated in the conference.
Anushka, a student from Mayo College Girls’ School asked the actor why Bollywood never cast north-eastern youngsters in lead roles.
The student wanted to know if a north-eastern youngster could have portrayed the role of celebrated boxer Mary Kom, in the Hindi biopic, instead of Priyanka Chopra.
The actor admitted that there was a bias against casting north-eastern youngsters in lead roles in Hindi films, which needs to be addressed.
Saira, a student of Singapore International School, Mumbai, quizzed the actor about his television show —Satyamev Jayate—which highlights issues social like inequality, when in reality, reservations were commonplace in the country.
The actor said the issues of reservations were different from the burning social issues like dowry system; female foeticide and criminalisation of politics, which were highlighted on the popular show.
Aamir said he personally feels that reservations in certain respects were important, but it was a ‘debatable’ topic. Tanay Gopal Agarwal, a student from Doon School, raised the issue of deplorable behaviour of Indian towards foreigners when they visit India.
Aamir said Indians need to look beyond borders to start behaving properly with those who look and talk differently.