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PK row: ‘Muslim’ Aamir Khan hurting ‘Hindu’ sentiments, does it make sense?

PK might have grossed billions worldwide, but the movie has invited the wrath of many religious groups.

Written by Nishant Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: December 31, 2014 9:43 am
Bajrang Dal activists protesting against PK Bajrang Dal activists protesting against PK

Actor Aamir Khan’s latest flick PK might have grossed billions worldwide, but the movie which dealt with the concept of blind faith and Godmen has invited the wrath of many religious groups. While some groups have demanded a ban on the movie, some went ahead and expressed their anger by disrupting screenings and vandalising theatres running the movie. Meanwhile, Shankaracharya Swaroopanand said if the filmmaker has the guts why isn’t he making movies on other religions.

While some individuals might have a different perception of the movie, the accusation against Khan of intentionally hurting Hindu sentiments appears silly, especially if you look at the kind of social messages he has conveyed in the movie as well as those preceding this.

sarfaroshAamir played a Hindu cop in the 1999 blockbuster Sarfarosh and won many hearts by lashing out at the villain, who in the story was a singer from Pakistani. Criticising the terror unleashed by the neighbouring country, Aamir”s character says: “Tum Jaise log dushman hotey ho puri kaum key. Khoon Kharaba faila key tum apni Kaum ki koi madad nahi kar rahey. Balki ye tumhari Kaum ki Baat karna ek dhong hai.”

lagaanIn 2001, we saw Aamir turning producer and creating history on celluloid with his magnum opus Lagaan that ended up with an Oscar nomination. While audience went berserk about the thrilling cricket match that the Indian side won dramatically, the scene in which Aamir talks about untouchability to convince the villagers to include Kachra in the team left all speechless. It’s surprising those who advocate caste system remained silent then hearing lines like “Chulhe se roti nikale ke liye, chimte ko apna mooh jalaye padi” from Aamir.

If Aamir’s intention and religion was not questioned then, then the recent protests seem pointless.
The argument that its not easy to make anti-Muslims statements in films holds no relevance as there are umpteen examples of such movies.

Khuda-key-liyeMovies like Shaurya, Dev or even Pakistani flick Khuda Key Liye, that got warm response in India, have been critical of radical and extremist Muslims.

So why the clamour over PK? Is it that right wing group these days are so unrestrained that they will go to any extent to make headlines? Why were they silent when Paresh Rawal took god to court in Oh My God. Is it because he was then a candidate for BJP in the General elections and is now an MP.

In fact Siddharth Varadarajan, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University, summed it up rightly by saying that the protesters of PK are actually making mockery of Hinduism.

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  1. B
    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:51 pm
    If you have a rational, scientific bent of mind then you will find that these holy books are full of facts which are not consistent with Nature's law. Among all holy books, only Vedas are most consistent with nature's law and infallible.All the these religious scripture are online, you can check.
    1. A
      Jan 1, 2015 at 11:04 am
      All non-sense , illiterate , provoked people doing the violence... Thanks Amir to and Hirani to gift us a wonderful film.aaa uummmm Saniyorita..ummm.. This kind of film bores people only.
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        Bashir Mengal
        Jan 1, 2015 at 7:31 am
        you are quiet wrt.
        1. v
          Jan 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm
          We never say Muslims are terrrorists, BUTTerrorists are Muslims. Both are big big different and get the point.
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            danish shaikh
            Jan 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm
            Terrorist means the one who terrifiesSo simple my friend this bajrang dal is a terrorist for.the theatres which playing pk and for the innocent people whos coming to watch it so u decide whos a terrorist Terrorists have NO religion. And we should not let them claim one.The religion/philosophy of the terrorist is that violence is the solution.Terrorists have no claim to any other religion or philosophy.Violence, particularly violence to innocents, is wrong.Throughout history people of violence have justified their actions by using religion. This also provides them with gullible recruits. The media can and should disallow these people from using this ruse. Reporting that a terrorist claims to be of some particular religion is partiting in propaa.
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