Funny title, I know. Considering the fact that he’s forty plus. But that doesn’t stop him from portraying the role of a college yuppie in Dil Chahta Hai or Rang De Basanti. When Rajnikanth can romance women half his age in movies like Sivaji, then why not Aamir, the chocolate hero of Bollywood?
On one hand, we have Bhaichung Bhutia, the captain of the Indian Football team, who saw through the political make up and more importantly, truly stood up for the humanitarian causes that should have been central to 2008 Beijing Olympics and refused to be the torch bearer and on the other hand, we have filmi personalities like Aamir and Saif Ali Khan, who have proved that they are just that- PR agents with the intelligence level of a cockroach. Aamir, in the following video, demonstrate his IQ level and tries to reason why he feels so proud carrying the torch:
He says something along the lines of “It’s a great sport! Such an amazing sporting event, that is world’s best sporting event!” (Looks like he’s at a loss of words). On being further asked to talk about the environmental issues, he says that he does his bit by conserving drinking water and by turning off the tap whenever required to do so. The host of the show is only too keen to label him as an ardent support of social causes. Excuse me? Great stuff Aamir! That’s all that we can expect from a critically acclaimed actor like you, right? After all, politics and sports should be kept “separate”.
In his blog, he goes on to defend his stance by using weak arguments such as:
I have the highest respect and regard for the struggle that the people of Iraq, Kashmiri Pundits who have been displaced, Kashmiris in general, and the people of Palestine, are going through. I have named above just a few instances of human rights violations…In fact if we were to try and find on this planet a place to hold the Olympic Games where the government of that place has not been responsible for human rights violations (in one way or the other), then I suspect that we would be left with very few options, if any at all…I am no one to tell any group of people how they should conduct their struggle. I am not part of it and am not going through what they are going through. But my heart goes out to them.
Yet, he feels the need to equate the condition of Palestine and Kashmir with the genocide in Tibet. How can these be the same? There is a lot of difference in the way India and Pakistan handle Kashmir and in the way China is handling Tibet and other regions. After all, we don’t need to tell any group how to conduct their struggle, but we also don’t need to come ahead and behave in a manner that might be construed as suggestive of the fact that we’re indirectly associating with the wrong-doings of the organizer of the event.
Oh, and we all know how much Mr. Aamir Khan doesn’t tell anyone (read: Shah Rukh Khan) else how he/she should be earning his/her money (Read: He condemns SRK’s dancing in people’s weddings/award shows etc. He also makes it a point to publicly declare his dislike for Mr. Bachchan’s acting in Black. Of course, condemning people in the film industry is not the same as condemning a country’s violation of basic human rights on a global scale, right? You need more brains to do that).
Let’s not forget his harried attempt to come to the spot light during the Narmada Bachao Andolan. All of a sudden, we had Aamir talking about the rights of the villagers who had lost their houses. Where was he all these years when they were suffering? He remembers people’s plights only when he has a movie in the line or when he needs the media publicity. Who can express it better than Arundhati Roy herself? This is what she had to say–
The poster boy of Coke coming here to express his solidarity with the Andolan is meaningless unless he gives up his campaign. If he does it, then he gets zindabad from me and others.
The importance of your participation and of the participation of Saif Ali Khan to the Chinese was not only because you are both widely-admired film artists. It was also because both of you are widely-respected Muslim personalities.
The importance of the participation of football hero Baichung Bhutia to the Chinese was not only because he is a football hero, but also because he is a highly-respected Buddhist personality. He saw through their game and declined to let himself be used by the Chinese to serve their psychological warfare agenda in Tibet, Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai. One hopes he does not change his mind under pressure from our Communists. It is a pity you have not seen through their game.
So there! You have it, dear Coke boy. It’s best if you stick to what you’re good at: Shunning Indian Awards and lobbying for the Oscars and making the headlines for your new hair style. Leaves the sports to the real sportsmen and leave the politics to the people who understand it. There are no re-takes here, unfortunately.
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