Incredible India campaign: Contract over, govt did not remove Aamir Khan, says Mahesh Sharma

The Ministry of Tourism denied reports that Aamir Khan was removed as the brand ambassador for its Incredible India campaign.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 7, 2016 7:43 am
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A controversy surrounding actor Aamir Khan erupted on Wednesday after a section of media reported that the Centre had removed him as the brand ambassador of the Incredible India campaign under Tourism Ministry.

Comments on Twitter were fueled by speculation that the move was in response to the actor’s remarks on “growing intolerance” during the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award function last November.

However, clarifying his ministry’s stand, MoS, Tourism, Mahesh Sharma told The Indian Express that it was purely a contractual matter with advertising agency McCann Worldgroup. The Rs 2.96-crore contract with the agency, which featured Khan in a film for the ministry, recently ended.

“Our agreement was with a media agency namely McCann. That was for a particular work. That work they have delivered to us. They have completed that project. Hence, that contract is now over,” Sharma said.

About the controversy over Khan’s remark, he said: “We have nothing do with it. That (Aamir’s remark) was a non-issue for us. The Ministry of Tourism has nothing to do with that.”

About the possibility of Khan featuring in any other film by the ministry, Sharma said: “Future is future.”

Chairman & CEO McCann Worldgroup India, Prasoon Joshi, too said that their contract with the ministry is over.

Joshi told The Indian Express: “We at McCann had a contractual agreement with the Ministry of Tourism for a social awareness campaign Atithi devo bhava. Mr Aamir khan had graciously lent his support for the same.We have delivered the campaign to the Ministry.” (Read: Aamir Khan meets fan with progeria, leaves him ‘optimistic’)

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  1. J
    Jai Kumar
    Jan 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm
    Well he certainly does not represent my India
    1. C
      Chander Pal
      Jan 7, 2016 at 12:35 am
      Good riddance. Some others like Vidya Balan are much more acceptable for the job. He mocked Hindus in his P K, Can he do even 10% mockery of his own religion in any forthcoming movie. And now that Bihar elections are over and so the debate over intolerance, will he like to move to a more tolerant country like Syria, Afghanistan or say North Korea. I will be happy to contribute towards his one way ticket
      1. J
        Jan 7, 2016 at 12:55 am
        You mean he was telling the truth and his family is moving to stan or Syria or ANY other camel country?
        1. K
          Kashmiri Pandit
          Jan 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm
          Excellent response!!
          1. मनीष
            Jan 7, 2016 at 2:37 am
            Aamir Khan is better fit for stani terrorism industry than Indian tourism industry.
            1. मनीष
              Jan 7, 2016 at 5:06 am
              Its time for Indians to take action. Stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop buying anything from a Muslim owned store/business.
              1. M
                Jan 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm
                If contract is over why even discussing this? Is there some one who is suggesting he should continue with his position without awarding a contract? That may be Congress's way of doing things but not what people will appreciate! If he is interested in this position he can certainly re apply and give justification why he thinks is the best person for this job! It is upto the selecting committee to decide on this! By the way when a person want to leave India how he can be the one who can impress upon others to visit India? Is 't this self contradicting? Isn't he is sending a mixed signal, " I am doing this job because I am under some contract and earning big money but my true heart says this is not the right thing"!
                1. G
                  Jan 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                  Amir does not deserve to be incredible India ambador.he has insulted India by his statements . he is a persona non grata as for as most Indians are concerned except some do called secularists and fundamental Muslims.
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