December 6, 2015 1:39:43 pm
Veteran actor Anupam Kher says he has great respect for Aamir Khan but feels the superstar has developed a habit of giving opinions on everything. (Read: I am special even in the world of Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, says Anupam Kher)
Kher, 60, had earlier lashed out at Aamir for saying that he was “alarmed” by the rising intolerance in India.
“I don’t have any problem with anybody. They all are my friends. Aamir is a friend too and we did a lot of films together like ‘Dil’, ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’, but that time he wasn’t ‘Aamir Khan’. He then, rightly, over the years cultivated himself and became Aamir Khan.
“He then thought he should give opinions on everything… Whether it’s the controversy of AIB, or whether it is this (intolerance) or that,” Kher said.
The actor was speaking on the topic of “Whose intolerance is it anyway” at the Times Lit Fest.
The 60-year-old “Khosla Ka Ghosla!” star shared an incident from the 1991 film “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin”, where Aamir had a problem with Kher’s interpretation of his character.
“(Mahesh) Bhatt sahab told me Aamir is saying your interpretation of your character is rubbish. This is not how he thought the character should be portrayed… So, sometimes people have this habit that they think what I am saying is right and rest of the world is not right.”
Kher said he admires the work of the “Ghajini” actor, including his TV show “Satyamev Jayate”, but feels a celebrity should be responsible.
“I have great respect for him but I just felt with great stardom comes a sense of responsibility. It is very important to have a sense of responsibility. I admire him and that is why I was a little sad. It’s important to give hope sometimes and not spread fear.”
From criticising filmmakers returning their National Awards to leading a tolerance march in the national capital, Kher has shown his disapproval with stars like Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan, who have voiced their ‘concern’ over growing intolerance in the country.
“Everybody should speak, there is no treason, no anti-national issue. They are as patriotic as I am… It’s very easy to portray me as a villain, who is opposing all these people. I am the same person who sat in Anna (Hazare) movement and stuck my neck out…
“May be I have taken ‘panga’ with lots of people, they don’t want to take me in their films, because they think I have spoken wrong about them. But it needs lots of guts to do that. It doesn’t need any philosophy,” Kher said.
The “Special 26” star also criticised people like Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj.
“They should be ashamed of making these statements. These are the people who are stopping the developing plan of BJP… I am never going to defend them,” he said.
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