Aamir Khan in saffron soup
IN Narendra Modi?s land, frame your words with care. Once-bitten Aamir Khan should have heeded the warning. Gujarat?s cinema houses on Tuesday decided not to screen the much-awaited Aamir Khan-Kajol starrer ?Fanaa?, releasing countrywide on Friday, following protests from political parties over the actor?s recent remarks against the chief minister.india Updated: May 24, 2006 01:35 IST
Gujarat slams screen on Fanaa
IN Narendra Modi’s land, frame your words with care. Once-bitten Aamir Khan should have heeded the warning. Gujarat’s cinema houses on Tuesday decided not to screen the much-awaited Aamir Khan-Kajol starrer “Fanaa”, releasing countrywide on Friday, following protests from political parties over the actor’s recent remarks against the chief minister. Associations of cinema houses and multiplexes in the state have shut the door on the film. The ban is kind of a sequel to The Da Vinci Code controversy, coming closely on its heels.
The actor had ruffled saffron feathers last month when he expressed solidarity with the Narmada Bachao Andolan. The drought-prone parts of the state see it as a “lifeline”. Khan later criticised the Narendra Modi government over the communal skirmishes in Vadodara that claimed six lives this month.
However, the ruling BJP has not issued any official boycott call. BJP Yuva Morcha leader Amit Thakker said they were not forcing the theatre owners keep the film out of the loop, but only “requesting” them not to do so. “Aamir Khan had no information about the Narmada dam and doesn’t know that Gujarat is not at fault for the pending rehabilitation work,” Thakker told Hindustan Times, adding that the actor shouldn’t have supported Medha.
He added that the film would be allowed only if Aamir apologises to the people of Gujarat. Thakker said the theatre owners are voluntarily agreeing not to screen “Fanaa” though the exhibitors deny any such “pact”. Vijay Zilka of the Motion Pictures Exhibitors’ Association said theatre-owners recently had to bear losses when another of the actor’s film “Rang De Basanti” had to be withdrawn following protests by pro-Narmada activists.