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‘It was very violent’

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WITH controversy over the AIB Knockout Roast refusing to die down any time soon, Bollywood star Aamir Khan has voiced his opinion about the profanity-riddled videos during a media interaction.He has labelled the roast of Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh as “extremely violent and disturbing”.

He said though he hasn’t watched the show, he came to know of it through Karan Johar, who was the host, and Arjun Kapoor as they described to him about what had transpired — with the aid of a few dialogues. “I have only seen a couple of clips of the roast… On hearing what they (Karan and Arjun) had to share, I must say that I was deeply affected and disappointed with it.”

Mr Perfectionist however clarified that he was not against freedom of speech. “I am completely for it. I have no issues with that. But we have to understand that we all have a certain responsibility,” he added.

Aamir further called it a “very violent event”. “Violence is not just physical, but also verbal and emotional. So when you insult someone and show it to the world, it is like showing everyone see how violent I can be, this is something that I don’t like. But I am sure that there are a lot of young people who have liked the show and I believe that all of us have different opinions and we are allowed to have it. Karan and Arjun being my friends, I told them that I didn’t like it. Besides, trying to impress people by using abusive language is pointless. I am no longer a 14-year-old who will hear abusive language and laugh. If you really want me to laugh then do so without hurting anyone. That is what I will enjoy.”

Aamir steered clear of the legal complications and technicalities but said one has to face the consequences of breaking the law. “I don’t know if what they have done is legally correct or not. FIRs can be lodged, but they have to be proved also. If they have broken the law, they should face the consequences. If they haven’t, they should go scotfree. That the court will decide.”

About the public shaming of AIB, he said: “I can tell them I got very disturbed by what you did, more so, because you did it in public. And that’s the extent I can interfere in someone’s life. Who am I to decide how anyone is going to conduct themselves?”

The star is of the opinion that there should be an age lock for such shows. Citing the example of his A-rated Delhi Belly, he said he had voluntarily applied for an adult certificate. “I went out of my way during promotions to tell everyone that it is an adult film, and not to watch it if that’s not your scene. As a creative person, do I have the liberty to express? Yes! But I also have a responsibility,” he stated.

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