Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and filmmaker Imtiaz Ali on Wednesday said they did not endorse views of “growing insecurity” in the country, but sought to defend colleague Aamir Khan , whose comments on the issue have raked up a storm , insisting the latter’s patriotism could not be questioned.
“More than the debate (itself), I’d like to say that I know Aamir well enough to say he’s a rather well-intentioned human being,” said Ranbir, “We must not overlook the kind of films and shows he’s been a part of to know that he loves his country. A programme like Satyameva Jayate highlights his beliefs about the same.”
Imitiaz said he also believes that there has been too much “unnecessary reaction” to Aamir’s statement. “We must not cull out something from a conversation and make it an issue when we all know how patriotic Aamir is,” he said, adding that incidents of intolerance in the country were a “cyclical process”. “It comes and goes but the spirit of India stays and it is this spirit that believes in the fabric of unity,” the director said.
Ranbir and Imtiaz, alongwith actress Deepika Padukone, were in the city to promote their upcoming film.Deepika, however, refused to comment on the intolerance row.
On social media’s growing prevalence
The actors also spoke about how they use the social media, which is indispensable in present day scenario, more so amidst the raging controversies.
Deepika Padukone, who is an active twitterati, said she only tweeted about her work. Ranbir, on the other hand, is not part of any social networking site at all.
The regional connect
The trio drove had reached the city after driving down to Chandigarh from Delhi only to have what they said was the ‘dhaba experience’.
The Bollywood biggies said the land of five rivers always brought back fond memories. In fact, For the third-generation Kapoor, the 26-day shoot for his film Besharam in Sector 56, Chandigarh, is still etched in his head. As for the light-eyed beauty, it was during her modeling days that she remembers visiting the city and enjoying the weather.