Aamir's film Taare Zameen Par facing problems in Gujarat
Aamir Khan's directorial debut Taare Zameen Par is already facing problems I Gujarat even before its release. Protestors of an organisation in Vadodara have staged a demonstration outside a theater in the city and have threatened to ban Aamir's film in Gujarat if he does not apologise for his remarks on the Narmada dam issue which he earlier supported. The protestors have even burnt posters of Aamir and his film Taare Zameen Par.
Members from the organization 'Hind Rakshak Samiti' demonstrated outside Aradhana cinema in Vadodara and claimed that they would not allow the film to be screened. Narendra Mishra of the organization said "We have asked the management of Aradhana Cinema not to screen the movie from on Friday till Aamir Khan apologises for his remarks on the Sardar Sarovar Project. If Aamir apologises, then the Samiti will allow the screening of the movie in the city." Protests and demonstrations against Aamir and his film Taare Zameen Par were also held at several other cinemas like Inox, Chandan, PVR in Vadodara. The head of several cinemas in Vadodara have decided not to screen TZP in order to maintain the peace.
Aamir Khan had earlier supported the Narmada Bachao Andolan which was spearheaded by Medha Patkar. The andolan was protesting against the displacement of several hundred villagers by the Sardar Sarovar dam. However the dam will benefit many people in Gujarat and many political parties saw Aamir's support as an opportunity to propagate their own interests. Last time too Aamir's film Fanaa was banned in Gujarat due to Aamir's support towards the Narmada Bachao Andolan. Aamir was hoping that his directorial debut TZP in which he also stars would not face the same fate as Fanaa, however it remains to be seen whether Aamir will publicly make the apology so that his film can be screened in Gujarat.