Mulayam defends Aamir Khan, says 'everyone has right to voice their opinion'

Coming in support of Aamir Khan's remarks on intolerance, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said government should talk to the Bollywood superstar.

Updated: Nov 25, 2015, 13:18 PM IST
Mulayam defends Aamir Khan, says 'everyone has right to voice their opinion'

Lucknow: Coming in support of Aamir Khan's remarks on intolerance, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said government should talk to the Bollywood superstar.

Speaking to the media, the SP chief said, “Aamir Khan's feelings might have hurt over something and he expressed it. The government should talk to him and understand what he is feeling.”

Further defending Bollywood's 'Mr Perfectionist', Mulayam said, 'everyone has right to voice their opinion'.

Aamir has found himself in the centre of a political storm over his remarks on intolerance, with the BJP sharply criticising him and the Congress stoutly defending him. The actor-producer's candid remarks at an awards event in New Delhi on Monday set Twitter abuzz and left the film fraternity divided.

Aamir, 50, had said: "For the last six to eight months, there has been a growing despondency I would say. Kiran (wife Kiran Rao) and I have lived all our life in India. When I sit at home and talk to Kiran, for the first time she said, 'Should we move out of India?' Now that's a very disastrous and a big comment to make to me."

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju sought to contradict Aamir's assertion and said: "The record shows that the number of incidents of communal violence in the country have come down since NDA came to power. Just to make a blatant statement that during NDA rule, the country has become intolerant, it unnecessarily tarnishes the image of the country."

The Congress, however, supported Aamir, with party vice president Rahul Gandhi suggesting that the Narendra Modi government reach out to the people to know why they felt disturbed.