Aamir Khan, India has made you what you are: Anupam Kher slams actor

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2015 10:13 IST
Actor Aamir Khan said on Monday that he and his wife had thought about leaving India due to alarming rise of intolerance. (PTI)

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has lashed out at Aamir Khan for saying that he is alarmed by the rising intolerance in India and his wife has suggested that they leave the country for good. Kher posed a number of questions to Khan on Twitter, and asked him to remember that “this country has made you Aamir Khan”.

Anupam has in the past attacked famous personalities who have returned their awards protesting rising incidents of intolerance in India and even held a tolerance march in the national capital. However, when BJP leaders had attacked Shah Rukh Khan for commenting on the “climate of intolerance” in India, Kher had come to SRK’s defence.

Actor Anupam Kher leading a march from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest voices being raised over "intolerance" in the country on November 7. (Hindustan Times)

He didn’t extend the same courtesy to Aamir though. A day after Aamir supported the artists returning their awards and said wife Kiran had suggested they leave the country because she fears for their son, Azad Rao Khan, Anupam wrote, “Dear @aamir_khan. Did you ask Kiran which country would she like to move out to? Did you tell her that this country has made you AAMIR KHAN.”

Anupam, who has been denying that intolerance is on the rise in India, added, “Dear @aamir_khan. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country & but you never thought of moving out.”

He also took a dig at Aamir, who has endorsed the government’s Incredible India campaign in the past, “Dear @aamir_khan. When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’ for you? Only in the last 7-8 months? #AtithiDevoBhavah.”

While speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony on Monday, 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.”

Read: Wife suggested we leave India, Aamir on intolerance debate

The actor said he also felt that a sense of insecurity and fear has been growing in the past six or eight months. “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.”

Slamming Aamir for saying that he has thought about leaving India, Anupam wrote, “Dear @aamir_khan Presumed country has become #Intolerant. Wat do u suggest 2 millions of Indians? Leave India? Or wait till regime changes?”

He also said that as the host of Satyamev Jayate, Aamir had spread hope and he needs to do that even in “intolerant” times, “Dear @aamir_khan. #SatyamevaJayate u talked about evil practices but gave Hope. So even in ‘Intolerant’ times u need 2 spread Hope not Fear.”

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