Aamir Khan’s nephew, Imran Khan, who plays the lead in his next home production, Delhi Belly, is all set to file a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) against the Maharashtra government’s decision to keep the drinking age in the state at 25 years, the highest anywhere in the world. Does Aamir, who has recently turned a teetotaler, endorse the decision?
"No, I’m not in favour of drinking, it’s not good for health, and I would never recommend it to anyone, irrespective of their age," asserts the actor, adding, "But I believe that our youth have the right to decide when they can drink, and not have the decision forced on them by anyone. It’s about freedom of choice."
There’s are some, however, who believe the PIL is a publicity gimmick, cleverly used to market Delhi Belly and endear the film to the youth. Aamir denies it vehemently. "In no way is it a promotional exercise. Imran was not responsible for impressing upon the Chief Minister to bring in this law at the time of his film’s release," argues Aamir. "The law has been around for years, but it’s only recently that the issue sparked off angry headlines and Imran was reacting to it as any young person."
Aamir adds that Imran’s reaction should not be linked to the film in any way. "It’s entirely his decision," he reasons. "When Imran mentioned to me that he wanted to take this stance, I made it clear to him that he should not bring it up using Delhi Belly as a platform, but to treat it solely as a commitment to himself. The film releases on July 1, but his commitment will not end then, since the law is not going to change that day."