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“I wish our films did not encourage this kind of behavior,” Aamir Khan on objectification of women

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By Instep Desk
Tue, 11, 18

The actor appeared in the recent episode of Koffee With Karan and spoke at length about the Me Too movement among other things.

Four days prior to the release of his highly anticipated film, Thugs Of Hindostan, Aamir Khan graced the third episode of Koffee With Karan Season 6 that came out over the weekend. The actor was the first solo guest in this season and the conversation between him and host Karan Johar was not just the usual fun, witty chit chat the show is known for but was also very enlightening. It began with the two exchanging views on one of the most pressing issues in present times: the Me Too movement that has picked up in India too. Aamir Khan was one of the first people to take a stand against the alleged harassers in Bollywood.

“Women have been facing this kind of exploitation for decades, centuries not just in films but in life,” Aamir Khan shared. “And it’s really awful that any human being should be degraded, pressurized or misused in any manner, or preyed upon. It is really heartbreaking. I am glad that there is a clean-up that’s happening and women are having the strength to come out and speak about it.”

Khan feels that films instill this kind of behavior towards women.

“I wish our films did not encourage this kind of behavior,” he admitted, recalling that he sang a song ‘Khambe Jaisi Kharri Hai’ that literally objectified women in every sentence. “It took me a while to realize what I am doing is not just fun. I realized the extent of it when all this started coming out. People I have spoken to have told me that they have been hearing stories about so and so for years. I am shocked that this person could turn out to be like that. It never occurred to me that a person could be so predatory in nature, who, I don’t find that way during my conversation with them. The more I am listening about it I am realizing it is actually quite rampant. That is really awful and disturbing.”

Moving on, the actor expressed how excited and nervous he is for the release of Thugs Of Hindostan, in which he stars alongside Amitabh Bachchan.

“This is a mainstream kind of a film; I really enjoyed doing it and I am hoping the audience enjoys it too,” Khan noted. “I don’t do a film because of its social relevance; that’s an add-on thing. My fundamental responsibility as an actor is to be excited about what I am doing. Thugs Of Hindostan is the first film that I chose because I loved the role so much.”

Khan also shared that he is a huge Bachchan fan and always aspired to work with him. He informed that he had a great experience working with Amitabh Bachchan in Thugs Of Hindostan that is releasing on the 8th of November.