The Minister was referring to his infamous intolerance quote…
In November last year, Aamir Khan during an awards ceremony, voiced what he felt about the recent goings on in the country. He had said, “There is a sense of fear more than there was earlier. I do feel there is a sense of insecurity. When I sit at home and talk to (wife) Kiran. Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child.” That quote has taken away a lot of things from the actor and continues to haunt him. Only yesterday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, without taking names, that an actor and a trading company was taught a lesson for speaking against the country.
Post his infamous quote, this particular trading company didn’t renew his contract and Aamir even lost the Incredible India campaign. He also got berated on social media for his quote. Now, the Minister mentioned how he was taught a lesson. Parrikar was at an event to launch the Marathi edition of a book when he spoke about it. He said, “Actorne jeva hey kela, thehva jya company la toh advertise karat hota… online trading company hoti. Aple log thoda jaste hoshar ahet. Mala mahite ahey there was a team which was working on this… They were telling people you order and return it… The company should learn a lesson, they had to pull out his advertisement… (When the actor did this… then the company which he was endorsing was… an online trading company. Some of our people are very smart, I know. There was a team which was working on this. They were telling people you order and return it… The company should learn a lesson, they had to pull his advertisement)” He then added, “I am only trying to point out… if anyone speaks like this, he has to be taught a lesson of his life.”
Parrikar even said that Aamir’s statement was very arrogant. “We have to love our nation,” he asserted.