Just days before its scheduled release, the Bollywood film Laal Singh Chaddha became embroiled in controversy. Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor star in this film. #strikethemovie hashtags have become popular on a variety of social media platforms.
Here’s why trolls were urging a boycott and how Aamir and Kareena responded.
In light of Aamir’s recent remarks on the country’s “growing intolerance,”
According to reports, the boycott hashtag became popular after some internet users discovered an interview with Aamir in 2015 in which he discussed the country’s “growing intolerance.” Aamir said at the time: “I’m worried about myself and my country after hearing and reading about recent events in the news. That is something I cannot deny. Several current events have made me very concerned “.
Furthermore, he stated, “When I’m talking to Kiran at home, she’ll ask if I think we “should move out of India.” Kiran made a profound and potentially disastrous statement. She is concerned about her children’s well-being. She is worried about the future state of the world around us. She is filled with dread every morning when she opens the newspaper “.
Aamir later clarified that his remarks had been misconstrued and that he had never intended to cause harm. “This misunderstanding harmed me, as well as many others. Because you’ve completely distorted my original meaning, the media deserves credit for this. I implore you all to stop behaving in this manner.” Aamir claims that
“Please understand that I never said anything like that. My birthplace and final resting place are both in India. I’ve never considered leaving the country seriously. My colleague Kiran and I will not even think about it. Indeed, after only two weeks away from the United States, I am homesick “.
The ‘PK’ Controversy
Even before its 2014 release, Aamir Khan’s film PK was dogged by controversy, with numerous Hindu organizations calling for its abolition because it offended religious sentiments. Complaints were received from all over the country, with groups claiming the film was offensive because it mocked Hindu deities. These claims were made within the context of the film.
Despite the negative reviews, PK earned a worldwide box office total of around Rs 832 crore.
Meeting Between Aamir and the Turkish First Lady
Internet trolls revealed that Aamir Khan met with Turkey’s First Lady, Emine Erdogan while filming Laal Singh Chaddha. Erdogan had previously posted a few photos of himself and the actor on social media with the caption, “In Istanbul, I had the pleasure of meeting the renowned Indian actor, filmmaker, and director @aamir khan. I couldn’t help but smile when I learned that Aamir had decided to finish filming his latest film, “Laal Singh Chaddha,” in various locations throughout Turkey. I must wait to see what happens!”
According to reports, some people were offended by Turkey’s support for Pakistan and Kashmir. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s ex-prime minister, condemned “massacres” against Muslims following the riots in Delhi in 2020. “In modern India, mass murder has become institutionalized. The locations of these massacres are still unknown. Muslims’ lives have been brutally taken. Who? Hindus believe that “because he had previously discussed it.
He also supported Pakistan’s position on Kashmir and opposed India’s decision to repeal Article 370. “We Pakistanis share your concern about the current situation in Kashmir… However, everyone benefits from a fair and just solution. As part of resolving the Kashmir issue, Turkey will continue to advocate for justice, peace, and dialogue, “As Erdogan stated.
The Success of ‘Dangal’ and Secret Superstar in China
Trolls in China are calling for Laal Singh Chaddha to be barred from entering the country, citing the massive success of Dangal and Secret Superstar as proof that he should be ignored.
What Aamir and Kareena Had to Say About the Controversy
According to media reports, Aamir’s reaction to the controversy was as follows:
“Yes, there is sadness. Furthermore, it saddens me to think that some of those saying this belief, on some level, that I have a negative opinion of India. They genuinely believe it, but it is false. Unfortunately, some people have such bleak outlooks on life. The opposite is true. Please do not pass up the opportunity to see my film. I implore you to watch my movie “.
Kareena added in the same interview with India Today: “With the ease of access available in the modern world, it stands to reason. Everyone has a voice in this democratic age. There are numerous options available. Everyone has the right to their own opinion. If that’s always the case, you’ll have to get good at tuning out the noise. If this happens, you will be unable to live a normal life. Because this is the case, I don’t bother taking anything seriously. I write down whatever comes to mind at the time.”
“I’m thinking, ‘It’s a film, and it’s going to be released, and everyone will have an opinion on it,” she said. That’s all there is to it. If the film is any good, it will, in my opinion, completely outperform the competition and receive overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences. “I believe good movies will triumph over anything,” she continued.
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