Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ has courted controversy since the release of its first poster, which featured a nude Aamir Khan with a transistor strategically placed over his body.
After sparking protests over the poster, the movie, which dealt with the concept of blind faith and Godmen, invited the wrath of many religious groups and they have been staging protests all over India. While activists of Hindu organistations Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad jointly intruded into the Shree Talkies on Sunday (December 28) evening to disrupt its screening, Bajrang Dal activists attacked two theatres in Ahmedabad on December 29.
Director Rajkumar Hirani, who along with actor Aamir Khan kept silent over the whole outrage, has finally come forward and issued a press statement to defend his movie.
We produce the statement verbatim:
“I’m deeply saddened and concerned about the protests by some groups against our film PK.
On behalf of the entire team of PK I would like to clarify that we respect all religions and faiths.
Our film is inspired by the ideas of Saint Kabir and Mahtama Gandhi. It is a film, which brings to fore the thought that all humans who inhabit this planet are the same. There are no differences. In fact, I have the highest respect for the concept of “Advait”- the oneness of all humans – that is central to Indian culture, thought, and religion. It saddens me to think that a film that upholds this great Hindu principal is accused of being disrespectful of Hinduism.
I would like to thank the millions of deeply religious people have loved the film and expressed their feeling that the film in fact upholds the spirit of true religiosity and condemns only the abuse of it.
I appeal to the groups protesting against our film to see the film in totality and not just isolated scenes. Our intention is not to hurt anyone, or to discriminate against any religion. I would once again like to assure them that I have the highest regard towards all religions, and that we respect all religions and faiths.
I believe in the great Hindu idea—“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”—the whole world is a family.
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and indeed all religions, teach us brotherhood and love. The intent of the film is to uphold this great thought.
The whole debate over ‘PK’ has only added to its popularity and Box Office collection as the movie, which released on December 19, has become one of the top grossers of 2014 earning over Rs 243 cr in two weeks and is still going strong.