Actor Aamir Khan, joining the chorus on a perceived "rise in intolerance", has shared his 'growing disquiet" and said that his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should leave the country. After Aamir spoke about his views on intolerance in the country, he got flak from several BJP supporters and party members including some of the senior Bollywood actors like Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal. The government calls the comments "alarmist" and unfair.
"We won't let Aamir leave the country, he is safe. This kind of comment influenced by a politically motivated campaign insults those who have given so much honour to Aamir in India," said Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Kiren Rijiju, Junior Home Minister, said the number of deaths in communal incidents had come down since the BJP came to power last year. "This is unnecessarily tarnishing the image of the nation," he said.
Speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards on Monday, Aamir Khan said: "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."