Aamir didn’t say anything wrong in intolerance debate: Kareena

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2016 18:31 IST
File photo of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao were spotted in Santacruz, Mumbai. Khan said he was “alarmed” by the recent incidents in the country. (Yogen Shah/HT Photo)

Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan has come out in defence of co-star Aamir Khan in the intolerance debate. “I don’t think Aamir said anything wrong. He just addressed a fear. It was a conversation with his wife that he was talking about. I don’t think he meant anything damaging by it. Of course, 500,000 opinions followed and as many clarifications were issued,” a newspaper quoted her as saying.

Aamir recently said India is “very tolerant” but there are people who spread hatred and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein them in.

Read: Stop people spreading hatred in ‘tolerant India’, Aamir Khan asks Modi

The actor also believes that he still continues to be country’s brand ambassador even though the government may have discontinued his services, saying India is his mother and not a brand.

“Our country is very tolerant, but there are people who spread ill-will...Those who speak of breaking up this vast country, such people are present in all religions, only Modiji can stop them. After all, Modiji is our PM, we have to tell him,” he told journalist Rajat Sharma in his ‘Aap ki Adalat’ show on India TV, according to a press release issued by the channel.

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“After all, law is equal for all, and nobody is above law. Unfortunately, there are some people who spread negativity and hatred. If I am not wrong, our Prime Minister has also expressed concern. His slogan is ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” he said.

The actor, who hit headlines with his remarks that his wife was thinking about leaving India over growing intolerance, also replied to former bureaucrat secretary Amitabh Bachchan’s statement that he had damaged India’s brand identity by his statement, saying there was a feeling of insecurity due to growing intolerance.

Read: ‘Wife suggested leaving India’: Aamir joins intolerance debate

“I had said in my interview that there was a sense of depression, a sense of despondency, a feeling of insecurity and intolerance was growing. But these are entirely two different things,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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