SOMI DAS |24 November 2015
A complaint has been filed against Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for his remarks on the ongoing intolerance debate.
The complaint has been filed on the following statement made by Khan at the Ramnath Goenka Awards on Monday.
“When I chat with Kiran at home, she says, ‘should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm.”
The complaint was lodged at New Ashok Nagar Police Station. The man who filed the complaint is Ullhas PR. He describes himself as “a social film maker, trying to promote social cause through his short films”.
Here’s a copy of the complaint.
Well, as stated in the complaint, his ire is not singularly directed against Khan but against all celebrities who choose to speak their mind.
The man has a history of filing complaints against Aamir Khan. He was the same person who had complained against Aamir Khan following the release of his movie PK for referring to policemen as’thulla’.
We speak to Ullhas PR about the purpose his complaint serves.
Q. Has the New Ashok Nagar police station admitted your complaint?
A. Yes, they did. Now it is up to the police authorities to take it forward and file an FIR.
Q. But what exactly is the premise of your complaint? What are the sections you would want slapped against Khan?
A. In my complaint I am only talking about the fundamental duties of all celebrities. It is not particularly against Aamir Khan. Celebrities should think before they speak, as they influence a lot of people.
Q. That’s your personal opinion about what celebrities should do. But how does it justify going to the police against Aamir Khan merely for airing his views. The constitution of India guarantees us the right to freedom of expression.
A. All I am trying to do is put across the view that I don’t feel threatened in this country and celebrities like Aamir just cannot say anything on public forums.
Q. You have a history of filing complaints against Aamir Khan. What happened to the earlier complaint you filed against because of the film PK?
A. Nothing happened. No action was taken against him. I filed the complaint against him two days after Arvind Kejriwal was booked for calling Delhi police “thulla”. But when no one raised the point that even in Aamir Khan’s film policemen were referred to as “thulla”, I filed a complaint. Though no action was taken against him. What intolerance is Aamir Khan talking about. In a country where the chief minister can be booked for derogatory remarks, there can be no intolerance.
Q. You are a filmmaker, we gather from your facebook profile? What are the films you have made and why are so interested in filing cases against celebrities?
A. Yes. I make short films. I have made a film on why women in Delhi should wear helmets. And one of my films on AIDS awareness made it to the Limca Book of World Records for using 1400 pictures.
I don’t have anything against celebrities in particular. I file RTIs also. I have also raised issues of respecting the national flag and national emblem in court. I filed case when I saw dignitaries were siting in front of a national flag that had only 8 spokes instead of 24 spokes.
Q. You say last time no action was taken against Aamir Khan. So what are your hopes that any action will be taken against him? And what action do you want taken?
A. I don’t want any action to be taken against him. Do you see it written anywhere in my complaint that I want the police to take action against Aamir Khan?
Q. Then what is the purpose of this complaint?
A. It is just to bring my point of view to the larger audience. If Aamir Khan has the right to say that he feels unsafe in this country, I have the right to say that I don’t feel unsafe in this country. If media airs his view, my views should also be aired.
Q. But you could have simply written a blog or a social media post, if it was about airing your views?
A. Do you think people would take the pain to read my blog. No way.
Q. So you filed a complaint against Aamir Khan, because he is a big name and he will help you get some publicity?
A. Yes, this is the only way I can put forth my point of view and make sure that my version is also published in the media.
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