Aamir Khan made a solo appearance on Karan Johar’s talk show, Koffee with Karan in today’s episode. He talked about his children, the equation between his ex-wife Reena and Kiran Rao and made some interesting revelations about his personal life. Aamir and Karan also talked about the Me Too movement. After Tanushree Dutta, many other men and women have spoken out about the sexual harassment they have faced. Aamir Khan was amongst the first few to take a stand and had issued a statement about opting out of Mogul due to the allegations on director Subhash Kapoor.
Karan shared on the show that it is the right thing to have happened to any industry as a certain shift in attitude is required. He asked Aamir for his view on it and he said, “First of all, this kind of exploitation women have been facing for decades, centuries and not just in films, in life. And it’s really awful that any human being should be degraded in any manner, should be pressurised in any manner, misused in any manner and preyed upon. It is really heartbreaking. I am glad there is a clean up happening and women are having strength to speak about it.”
He added, “I wish our films did not encourage this kind of behaviour. A lot of societies in the world are patriarchal. India is one of them and the way we objectify women in our films, I have said it on my show Satyamev Jayate, I have done it. I have sung a song “Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai”. Literally, objectifying women in every sentence. So, it is awful that we have been doing it. You know, it took me a while to realise that what I am doing is not just fun. It impacts society. I realised when all of it was coming out. People I have spoken to have told me that they have been hearing stories about so and so for years. I am shocked that this person could be like that. Never occurred to me that a person could be so predatory in nature. The more I am listening about it, I am realising it is quite rampant. That is really awful and disturbing.”
He also shared that he and Kiran Rao have talked about not engaging with a person professionally if there is enough reason to doubt the person. He added that a person may have spoken about their story but not registered a case, making it difficult for them to judge who to work with. Aamir said that he understands and is aware of the responsibility he has when he decides not to work with a person as if the person is innocent then he may have finished his/her career.