Aamir Khan's scathing attack on the controversial AIB Roast, featuring Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and other Bollywood biggies, couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Just when you thought the debate, on freedom of speech and other such 'serious' issues, has run its course, India's best known perfectionist put his weight behind all those debating vulgarity and creativity.
For the record, AIB's video divided its supporters' and detractors' camp in clear halves. While one side batted for freedom of speech, the other claimed that the language at the 'roast' insulted our 'Indian culture'. Perhaps all the drama that followed, and the police complaints, gave the video a little too much attention. AIB was eventually forced to pull down their video from YouTube and even tender an apology to the Christian community.
Both the removal of the video and the apology spawned yet another debate, this time AIB's supporters themselves feeling the group should have stuck to their stands if they thought they'd done nothing wrong! Aamir's comments comes at the right time: It sort of brings the best of both sides together in his "personal opinion".
"When Karan (Johar) and Arjun (Kapoor) told me what they said and did as part of the 'roast', I felt it was very violent event. I completely believe in freedom of speech and no issues there. Violence is not always physical, it can be emotional, it can be verbal. Jab aap kisi ko insult karte ho to aap violence perpetuate kar rahe ho," he said from the sidelines of an event in Mumbai on Monday.
Watch Aamir's reaction to AIB
While he bats for the right to freedom of speech that AIB can exercise, Aamir's statement also refers to the thin-edged sword most creative people are expected to deal with while on public platforms. Though, the Delhi Belly producer did sound a little hypocrytical when he said that he got an A-certificate for Delhi Belly; especially in the light of the fact that AIB video, too, clearly states right in the beginning that it has expletives and abuses; and anyone who does not like such stuff, should avoid watching it.
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