The last time Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan’s wife, had dominated the political discourse for weeks was in 2016, when the Dangal actor sensationally disclosed his wife’s fear about the growing religious intolerance in India.
Speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Awards, the veteran actor had said, “For the first time Kiran has spoken about moving out of the country. She fears for her child. India’s social fabric is not at its best right now. I am certainly alarmed. I feel there is a sense of insecurity, fear. It has been growing over the last six months. For any society a sense of security is a must.”
The renowned actor had to face a sustained campaigned by the BJP’s IT Cell for speaking his mind as the central government relieved from the responsibility of being the brand ambassador of Incredible India campaign. The then defence minister, Manohar Parrikar, later confessed that the BJP’s IT cell was instrumental in having Aamir Khan dropped as the brand ambassador for e-commerce company Snapdeal.
Two years down the line, the government’s crackdown against anyone with dissenting voice has only gained more momentum. Last week the Pune Police, which reports to the Maharashtra’s BJP government, astonishingly arrested five noted Dalit rights activists in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence and link them to the alleged assassination attempt of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Huffington Post recently asked Kiran if it was time for ‘us to think of cinema as a form of protest and a tool to register dissent?’ Kiran replied, “Absolutely. Culture is all that we have to let our feelings and perspective known and we’re are striving for it. This year, there’s a conscious attempt on our end to include Dalit writers, Adivasi stories, stories related to gender, child abuse and other oppressed minorities. This is the outlet for the representation of those who’ve been marginalised and kept on the fringes. Films also need to do that now, whether it’s through episodic content, short format or via full-length feature.”
Kiran also added that films were being made in ‘reactions to the ongoing state of the country today’ adding that the Internet had ‘liberated us.’