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Amir Khan And His Unending Controversies

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Amir Khan Taking about intolerance Ramanath Goenka Award Ceremony conducted by Indian express. Credits:- NDTV

Amir khan’s Lal Singh Chadda which is an adaptation of the Hollywood movie “Forest Gump” has been doing its round on the internet creating waves of discussion around all the social media platforms. While there has been a lot of positive response a section of social media is calling for the boycott because it is an adaptation of Forst Gump.

But this is not the first time this is happening, Amir Khan has been known to speak his heart out on various topics.

This habit has gotten him into trouble multiple times with authorities and society.

Any star of his calibre when becoming political will cause a huge amount of shockwaves in society.

Thus, Amir Khan had to face similar situations too.

These are 6 such situations when his actions have caused an uproar in society.

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Lal Singh Chadda poster
Credits:- On Manorama

The Intolerance Debate:- 

This has been one of the most infamous of his controversies of the past.

The actor, while speaking at a Ramnath Goenka Awards function in November last year, had said that he was “alarmed” at the state of affairs as far as tolerance is concerned. 

His wife even suggested leaving the country.

After these remarks, the actor had to face intense trolling on all social media platforms.

This was also joined in by various BJP leaders who trolled Amir Khan for his remarks.

This controversy also leads him to lose various brand deals leading to economic loss too.

Outrage even lead to people asking others to boycott his upcoming movie “Dangal”.

Even his movie PK was targeted by these trolls because of God’s representation in the movie. Accusing him to practising intolerance.

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Amir Khan Taking about intolerance Ramanath Goenka Award Ceremony conducted by Indian express.
Credits:- NDTV

Censorship:-

Amir Khan was highly critical of the censor board for cutting out the kissing scene in the Bond film “Spector”.

He termed this pattern as “worrying”.

He said that the “censor board has been a little aggressive in its approach in the last six to eight months, which is worrying. I hope it changes.” 

After this remark, he has been an object of discussion in the filmy and non-filmy circle.

While many have come in his support there has been a huge backlash too from the critics as well as some organisations who supported this ban on the ground of morality.

Supporting FTII students:-

During the whole FTII scandal, Amir Khan stood with the students.

Amir Khan supported the student’s protest against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as Chairman. 

This was a risky move, as of that time no celebrity of his scale had spoken openly about this topic.

He said “It is very unfortunate that students are protesting for their rights at an institute like FTII. The authorities need to listen to their grievances thoroughly and understand what they are trying to say.” 

But this comment was shrouded in controversy because many alleged this to be a publicity move for his then-upcoming movie dangal.

 Explosive start of Stayameva Jayate:- 

In 2012, the actor made his television debut with a reality show on social affairs called ‘Satyameva Jayate’. 

In the first few episodes only he took up a seven-year-old sting that had caught nearly 100 doctors practising female foeticide. 

He even called Ashok Gehlot the then Cheif Minister of Rajasthan to come up with solutions to this problem.

Anti-government voice during the Narmada Bachao Andolan:-

In April 2006, the actor joined hands with activist Medha Patkar, the leader of the Narmada Bachao Andolan committee, and protested against the Gujarat government’s decision to raise the height of the Narmada dam. 

He raised concerns for the displaced tribes and actively protested against this move of the government.

During his protest, the actor had made several anti-government remarks and had later refused to apologise for his comments. 

He didn’t back off from anything he said by saying “I am saying exactly what the Supreme Court has said. I only asked for the rehabilitation of poor farmers. I never spoke against the construction of the dam. I will not apologise for my comments on the issue.” 

Causing a lot of tensions between him and the ruling government.

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Amir Khan Along with protestors during Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Credits:- India TV

Asking Accountability for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

In 2006, the actor spoke out in support of the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy. 

He accused the Madhya Pradesh Government of shunning responsibility of the tragedy.

He also accused the government of not giving basic rights like safe drinking water and compensation, even after 20 years since the tragic incident. 

This issue was really politically sensitive at that point in time which made him lock horns with the state government.

He even met the survivors of the gas tragedy in a protest at Jantar Mantar to listen to their grievances.

Credits:- Economic Times and The Hindu.

Featured Image Credits:- NDTV

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