Aamir Khan arrives for the shooting of Dangal in Ludhiana on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Aamir Khan arrives for the shooting of Dangal in Ludhiana on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

Being tolerant? Twitterati slams Aamir Khan, wants to boycott Dangal

If you are a public figure in India, it is normal to go back and forth on your statements. However, the modern day Twitter janta hardly spares the U-turns and Aamir Khan got a taste of it on Monday when he retracted his statements on ‘intolerance’ in India.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2016 05:16 PM IST

If you are a public figure in India, it is normal to go back and forth on your statements. However, the modern day Twitter janta hardly spares the about-turn as Aamir Khan found out on Monday when he retracted his statements on ‘intolerance’ in India.

Speaking at the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Rang de Basanti in Mumbai, Aamir said, “I love my country, I was born here and I will die here. I have never thought of leaving India and will never take such a step. I never said India is intolerant or I want to leave the country... these two things have been said to everyone. So, obviously, people will get hurt and I understand their emotions. I am not surprised they are angry with me. But, there is no truth to this all.”

Read: Never said India in intolerant, claims Aamir Khan

A fatter Aamir Khan spotted as he prepares for his role in Dangal. (Photo: Yogen Shah)
A fatter Aamir Khan spotted as he prepares for his role in Dangal. (Photo: Yogen Shah)

His statements lit Twitter on fire as users slammed the PK star for his statement, some calling it opportunistic. Others even claimed that Aamir, whose next movie Dangal comes out this year, retracted his statement on intolerance given the repercussions Shah Rukh Khan faced with Dilwale for his comments on intolerance.

Last November, amid the raging debate over India’s alleged growing intolerance and artistes, writers, historians and so on returning their national distinctions in protest, the actor said his wife Kiran Rao had contemplated leaving India. “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,” the 50-year-old said.

Do you think Aamir is being unfairly targeted? VOTE HERE:

Aamir was widely criticised by many and even slammed on Twitter by colleagues like Anupam Kher and Raveena Tandon. The actor went on to clarify that the statement wasn’t a direct indication of wanting to leave the country, but a comment on the circumstances at that time. However, it did little to salvage the controversy the initial comments raked up.

Read: Aamir Khan shows his rooted, rustic side in Dangal poster

Since Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal, where Aamir plays a wrestler is his next movie slated for theatrical release this December, the hashtag #BoycottDangal remained a top India trend on Twitter through Monday night and continued to be on the trending list on Tuesday morning.

Read: When Aamir Khan joined the intolerance debate
Read: SRK makes a U-turn, claims he never said India is intolerant

Here are some of the choicest tweets that added to the din:

Someone even made a ‘This is Mr Khan’ meme, on the lines of the viral ‘This is Bill’ meme!

Follow @htshowbiz for more.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Mira Rajput poses in her beachy outfit.
Mira Rajput poses in her beachy outfit.

Mira Rajput is beach-ready in new pics from Goa, but where is Shahid Kapoor?

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:50 PM IST
  • Mira Rapjut has shared new photos and videos from her Goa vacation with husband, actor Shahid Kapoor. Check them out here.
Close
Kangana Ranaut shared a video of Jiah Khan's sister levelling allegations of sexual harassment against Sajid Khan.
Kangana Ranaut shared a video of Jiah Khan's sister levelling allegations of sexual harassment against Sajid Khan.

Kangana shares clip of allegations against Sajid, hints he has ‘mafia' support

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:44 PM IST
  • Kangana Ranaut shared a video of Jiah Khan's sister levelling serious allegations of sexual harassment against Sajid Khan. She suggested that he has the 'full support' of the 'mafia' in the film industry.
Close
Minissha Lamba announced her separation from Ryan Tham last year.
Minissha Lamba announced her separation from Ryan Tham last year.

Minissha Lamba opens up about her separation: 'If it's not working, part ways'

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:17 PM IST
  • Actor Minissha Lamba has said that there is no longer any stigma attached to separation, and if a relationship isn't working, it is advisable to part ways amicably.
Close
Shah Rukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.
Shah Rukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.

Shah Rukh Khan jokingly objects to KKR’s birthday wish for Juhi Chawla’s husband

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:09 PM IST
  • Shah Rukh Khan jokingly took offence as the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Knight Riders declared Juhi Chawla’s husband Jay Mehta as the 'most affable gentleman'.
Close
Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Blind.
Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Blind.

Sonam Kapoor is having a blast on set, dad Anil Kapoor feels he's missing out

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:31 PM IST
  • Actor Sonam Kapoor has shared a new image from the Glasgow sets of her upcoming film, Blind. Her dad, Anil Kapoor, left a comment on her post.
Close
Priyanka Chopra was in splits as Rajkummar Rao went on to interview her over dinner.
Priyanka Chopra was in splits as Rajkummar Rao went on to interview her over dinner.

Priyanka Chopra confesses her love for Albela Aam, Chulbuli Imli and Pan Pasand

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:37 PM IST
Rajkummar Rao has shared a glimpse of how he interviewed his The White Tiger co-star Priyanka Chopra over dinner.
Close
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad.
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad.

Kangana Ranaut goes on a rampage in new Dhaakad poster, reveals release date

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:41 PM IST
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad. It also stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta and would release on October 1 this year.
Close
Sana Khan married Anas Saiyad in November last year.
Sana Khan married Anas Saiyad in November last year.

Sana Khan thanks husband Anas Saiyad for always pushing her 'towards good'

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:24 PM IST
In her latest Instagram post, Sana Khan appreciated her husband Anas Saiyad for always encouraging her to stay on the path of good.
Close
Natasa Stankovic has shared photos featuring father-in-law Himanshu who passed away on Saturday.
Natasa Stankovic has shared photos featuring father-in-law Himanshu who passed away on Saturday.

Hardik Pandya’s father dies, Natasa Stankovic pays tribute: ‘Love you papa’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:20 PM IST
  • Natasa Stankovic has paid a heartfelt tribute to Hardik Pandya’s father who died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
Close
Disha Patani shared a video of herself dancing to Tiger Shroff's Casanova.
Disha Patani shared a video of herself dancing to Tiger Shroff's Casanova.

Disha Patani celebrates Tiger Shroff’s new song Casanova, dances to it

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:12 AM IST
  • Disha Patani took to Instagram stories to share a video of herself dancing to rumoured boyfriend Tiger Shroff's new track, Casanova.
Close
Saba Ali Khan has shared pictures from her family album.
Saba Ali Khan has shared pictures from her family album.

Saba Ali Khan shares gems from family album with Sharmila Tagore, Kareena Kapoor

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:06 AM IST
Saba Ali Khan has shared several precious pictures from her family album, including one from her parents Sharmila Tagore and Mansur Ali Khan's wedding.
Close
Soni Razdan feels Rhea Chakraborty's time in jail has not ruined her chance of having a successful career in films.
Soni Razdan feels Rhea Chakraborty's time in jail has not ruined her chance of having a successful career in films.

Soni Razdan calls Rhea Chakraborty ‘innocent victim of a very twisted design’

UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:27 AM IST
  • Soni Razdan feels that Rhea Chakraborty has a bright future ahead of her in the film industry. Soni said that her time in jail 'clearly exposed the people who sent her there'.
Close
Liger first look: Vijay Deverakonda is a crossbreed between tiger and lion, as the title suggests.
Liger first look: Vijay Deverakonda is a crossbreed between tiger and lion, as the title suggests.

Liger first look: Vijay Deverakonda a cross between a tiger, lion in fiery still

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:16 AM IST
Liger first look: Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday's film has dropped its first poster and it plays as a 'crossbreed' between a lion and a tiger.
Close
Here are top entertainment news stories.
Here are top entertainment news stories.

Saif Ali Khan gets security as Tandav row heats up, Eijaz Khan quits Bigg Boss

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:02 AM IST
From Saif Ali Khan's house getting security amid Tandav controversy to Eijaz Khan quitting Bigg Boss 14, here are top entertainment news stories.
Close
Kajal Aggarwal has shared many unseen pictures from her wedding.
Kajal Aggarwal has shared many unseen pictures from her wedding.

Kajal Aggarwal shares 'best wedding pic', sweetest memory with husband

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:41 AM IST
Kajal Aggarwal shared many unseen photos from her wedding and personal album during an Ask Me Anything session with her fans on Instagram.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP