Need to understand his fears: Sonam on Aamir’s intolerance statement

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2015 16:22 IST
Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor, during the HT Youth Forum 30 Under 30 in Chandigarh on November 23, 2015. (Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)

After Shah Rukh Khan, it is now Sonam Kapoor who has extended support for Aamir Khan on his intolerance remark. Defending Aamir, Sonam said the actor was quoted out of context and added that it is important to understand the reason behind his fears rather than creating a furore about his comments.

Aamir Khan said that his wife fears the safety of their child and wants to leave the country and that there is “growing despondence” in the nation. “Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers everyday. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” the PK star had said at an event in the national capital in November.

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“People have taken the statement out of context. Have you seen his entire interview or have you just picked out that one statement? It was just a living room discussion. He basically said that he is scared that this thought has entered his mind,” Sonam said during a session at Agenda Aaj Tak.

Aamir said wife Kiran has suggested leaving India as she was worried for their son, Azad Rao Khan. (HT Photo)

“I think it was criticising. If somebody can critique something, that doesn’t make him an anti-national. I think constructive criticism is always healthy. If someone is criticising my performance, it doesn’t mean that he hates me. It means he doesn’t like what I have presented on the screen. I think it’s very important to not take things to heart,” she said.

The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actor added that she fears that Aamir might never speak his mind after being a victim to such criticism and hatred. “Aamir was just laying out his fears. And the very fact that the people have been so negative and disgusting towards him, now, do you think he will ever speak about anything in public? So, you understand why an intelligent man like Aamir is saying all this, rather than calling him an anti-national. Maybe what he said was too strong ... but it wasn’t irrelevant,” Sonam said.

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Sonam Kapoor also said she faces discrimination whenever she travels abroad and terms it as part of human nature to judge people on the basis of "brown skin". "I've faced discrimination in different countries always. They see brown skin and they judge you already. That's the way it is," Sonam said.

The Khoobsurat actor said people's attitude changes on the basis of physical appearances. "People automatically treat you differently. If they see a pretty girl, they treat her differently... But at the same time they judge you in a different way... They feel you are always in 'parda' or your parents are very conservative. We also do the same. A lot of my friends think that white skin are prudes. So there is always judgement for all kind of people," she added.

Sonam said politics should not "enter" the frame of art and sports. "It (politics) should never enter that. They all should be different fields. So the fact that I've worked with Fawad Khan in 'Khoobsurat', who I think is a brilliant artist, is completely different from the fact that he is a Pakistani," she said.

So does she feel that there is intolerance in the country? The daughter of actor-producer Anil Kapoor said that "intolerance has always been there". "We have seen all kinds of nightmares happen in the past 60 years and it's intolerence on different levels. We have too many religions in our country. We have too many languages, but at the same time there have always been stereotypes and judgements. The fact that people are aware about it and there are dialogues happening on it, is a very healthy atmosphere," Sonam added.  

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