Aamir Khan refuses to apologise, 'Fanaa' banned in Gujarat
Mumbai, May 25: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan whose film 'Fanaa' faces an ''unofficial ban'' over his support for the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) today refused to apologis, saying he had not done anything wrong.
The multiplex and cinema owners in Gujarat have decided not to release his film 'Fanaa' anticipating violent protest as the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) had ''threatened'' that they would not allow to show any Aamir Khan's movies till he apologies for his ''anti-Gujarat'' remarks.
Speaking to mediapersons here, he clarified that he has been personally targeted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not because he is a Muslim, but for his support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in their fight against raising the height of Sardar Sarovar dam.
''I am first an Indian and then a Muslim,'' he said.
Asked about his statements over Sardar Sarovar dam issue Aamir said, ''I had only said that the project-affected people should be rehabilitated. About 35,000 families in places like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat will be displaced if the height of the dam is increased.''
''I am not against progress, but before rendering thousands homeless give them a roof over their heads. Are you telling me to apologise for speaking the truth? If I have done something wrong tell me I will apologise. I won't become small by that. But if I am not in the wrong why should I apologise?''
Clearing all controversies he replied, '' As far as banning 'Fanaa' in Gujarat goes I can only say I am doing my 'karma', what is right. Let the government do their 'karma' and do what they feel is right. I feel that the poor should get water, earn their daily means of livelihood. If for speaking up they will ban the film, so be it.
I have nothing to say. I will not retract. I will not go back on what I said . Nobody has approached me and there have been no feelers.''
'May be I am nothing compared to the BJP. May be I am taking on a very big power. But I will face what comes my way. In the name of religion whoever exploits people, is not human at all. I will speak against such leaders. We are considered to be a democracy, so how can you apply force on a person who is speaking the truth?''
''People who want to see 'Fanaa' will see it anyway. People are a very big force, they can topple a goverenment if they want. I leave it upto them to decide about the ban. I also urge the people to pay attention to which political parties are against this whether, the BJP or others. People of Gujarat have to decide how to see 'Fanaa'.
I have no formula for that.'' Speaking about distribution rights for 'Fanaa', Aamir said, ''I personally believe that prices of tickets at multiplexes are very high. See when you bring out a good product you expect a good price.
I think it is basically between the distributors, producers and the multiplex association. They need to arrive at an amicable solution so that we all can create a good product. I don't think Yashraj Films has any ulterior motive behind this.''