Aamir Khan, ex-wife Kiran Rao and Animal director Sandeep Reddy Vanga are at present concerned in a three-way alternate of vital commentary, each implied and direct. On this, Aamir is a silent participant but additionally the fulcrum round which the controversy has coalesced. There’s so much to unpack within the sequence of occasions which started with Sandeep Reddy Vanga taking purpose at Kiran Rao in a current interview. For context, Mr Vanga’s final two movies – Animal and Kabir Singh – had been each not simply huge hits but additionally broadly condemned for his or her glorification of misogyny and poisonous masculinity. Sandeep Reddy Vanga has spent a lot of his public time because the launch of Animal defending his filmmaking from critics who warn in opposition to the hazards of portraying violence in opposition to and debasement of girls.
A break-down of Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s cost in opposition to Kiran Rao, her rejoinder, and Aamir Khan’s incidental involvement.
SANDEEP REDDY VANGA NAME-CHECKS KIRAN RAO
In an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, the Animal director focused Kiran Rao apropos of an outdated remark by which she referred to as out sure movies for blurring the road between stalking and wooing. He informed Dainik Bhaskar (translated from Hindi): “Immediately morning, my AD confirmed me an article. It’s of the second ex-wife of a famous person. She is saying that movies like Bahubaali 2 and Kabir Singh promote misogyny and stalking. I feel she doesn’t know the distinction between stalking and approaching. When folks learn this stuff out of context, they have an inclination to agree. That is totally unsuitable.”
WHAT KIRAN RAO SAID LAST YEAR
In November 2023, Kiran Rao referred to as for gender sensitisation at a session whereas citing a Tata Institute of Social Sciences report that included “stalking as one of the glorified types of wooing a girl” – movies corresponding to these do very properly, mentioned Ms Rao naming Kabir Singh. “One other very huge movie, which I discover fascinating, was Baahubali 1(Baahubali: The Starting). It began off with this thrilling struggle sequence, the place this lady is leaping from tree to tree, and he or she is a warrior. However the hero delicately strips her of her company and makes her only a improbable romantic curiosity. I discover it fascinating. It’s (one in all) the most important movies of Indian cinema,” she added, as reported by Instances Of India.
SANDEEP REDDY VANGA NAME CHECKS AAMIR KHAN
Indian mainstream cinema has lengthy been accused of selling stalking and rejecting the notion of consent. Mr Vanga compounded his dismissal of a really severe concern with whataboutery, referencing Kiran Rao’s ex-husband Aamir Khan’s 1990 movie Dil. “Most important kehna chahunga uss aurat ko ki jaake Aamir Khan ko pucho ‘Khambe jaisi khadi hai, Ladki hai ya fuljari hai’ woh kya tha? Then come again to me. That’s, matlab, in case you keep in mind Dil, nearly rape try tak leke jaake usko ehsaas jatata hai ki isne galat kiya. Aur usko pyar ho jata hai. Yeh sab kya hai? (I want to say to that lady, ‘Go ask Aamir Khan, ‘Is she like a pillar, a woman, or a firecracker?’ What was that?” Then come again to me. When you keep in mind Dil, he nearly creates the scenario in direction of an tried rape, and it makes her realise that she was unsuitable. She finally falls in love. What’s all this?) I do not perceive why they assault like that earlier than checking the environment,” Sandeep Reddy Vanga informed Dainik Bhaskar.
AAMIR KHAN’S OLD APOLOGY GOES VIRAL
Quickly after Mr Vanga’s remarks went viral, the Web went digging and located an outdated video of Aamir Khan apologising for Dil and the Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai track. “I’m very ashamed,” Aamir had mentioned in an interview with Aaj Tak – Dil, which co-starred Madhuri Dixit, was an enormous hit however has since been accused of rape apology and trivializing sexual assault as a type of romance.
Aamir Khan mentioned within the outdated interview: “Hindi movies haven’t been accountable sufficient, particularly the best way we challenge women and men. After we present one thing unsuitable within the movies, we additionally present that the results of it’s one thing constructive. Which is unsuitable. And we frequently make the ladies an ‘merchandise’ in movies. Even the songs are like ‘tu cheez badi hai mast mast‘. And even I’m concerned on this and I’ve achieved such movies. ‘khambe jaisi khadi hai, ladki hai ya chadi hai.’ We’re calling ladies ‘khamba‘ however not people. I’m very ashamed of it.”
A put up on X referred to as Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s consideration to Aamir Khan’s apology for collaborating in Bollywood’s Nineties-era irresponsibility and requested if Mr Vanga would do the identical for objectifying ladies in his personal movies:
Look @imvangasandeep#AamirKhan apologized in entrance of everybody for utilizing “khambe jaisi khadi”track in Dil…will you ever do the identical for displaying ladies as objects in your films https://t.co/22ypuOCTgbpic.twitter.com/bBBp7FjPJu
— RAJ (@AamirsDevotee) February 3, 2024
KIRAN RAO’S RESPONSE
Pictures had been fired by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and had been answered by Kiran Rao in a current interview to The Quint. Just like the put up on X, Ms Rao praised the actor. “There are only a few individuals who would look again at their physique of labor and apologise for doing one thing problematic looking back and that is actually laudable,” she mentioned, including that if the Animal director had one thing to say to Aamir Khan, he ought to achieve this straight: “If Mr Vanga has one thing to inform Aamir, he ought to inform him man to man. I am not answerable for Aamir’s work or Aamir Khan. I want Mr Reddy would deal with his questions on to Mr Khan.”
Kiran Rao additionally mentioned that her inclusion of Kabir Singh for instance of display screen misogyny was a part of a basic criticism of the best way ladies are depicted in Bollywood and that she had not seen Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s movies. “I’ve by no means commented on Mr Sandeep’s movies as a result of I’ve by no means seen them. I’ve typically spoken on misogyny and the illustration of girls on display screen. I’ve talked about it on varied platforms at varied instances. However I’ve by no means taken the identify of any movie as a result of it’s not concerning the particular movie. Why Mr Vanga has assumed that I used to be speaking about his movie you may need to ask him. I’ve by no means seen his movie,” she mentioned.
IS THIS THE LAST WORD, FOR ITS WORTH?
On X, the official deal with of Animal posted indignantly, “We neither our director Sandeep Reddy Vanga are making any assumptions Ms Kiran Rao. It’s a reality reported by a really huge media channel.”
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— Animal The Movie (@AnimalTheFilm) February 5, 2024
Up to now, so difficult – it appears to be a self-goal for Sandeep Reddy Vanga provided that Aamir Khan’s apology for Dil is offered for public consumption.