Aamir Khan slams AIB Roast for Salman's sister Arpita


The ‘AIB’ roast gathered both fame and ill fame. Among the prominent personalities who spoke against the show, Aamir Khan was one of just the few Bollywood celebrities to criticize the show. Following his criticism and calling the show “violent”, several celebrities immediately reminded him of ‘Delhi Belly’. Aamir had publicly spoken on how strongly he disliked the show that Arjun Kapoor and Karan Johar had put up on ‘AIB’. Aamir was then slammed by comedian Russel Peters and also by Pooja Bhatt.

Aamir hasn’t spoken since then, but the actor now finally broke the silence. He elaborated the reason why he is so much against ‘AIB’. This is what Aamir had to say, “I’m aware that if you sign up for the Roast, you sign up to insult each other. But, in this case, even those who hadn’t signed up were being targeted, like Farida Jalal, Reema Lagoo and a beautiful, young girl I love dearly. The young girl whom I’ve known since she was a kid, was the butt of racist and sexist jokes.”

The “beautiful, young girl” he refers to is the sister of Aamir’s best buddy. She is Salman’s sister Arpita, who was one of the people who was ridiculed on ‘AIB’, though she wasn’t present there. Salman Khan too took offense to these jokes and in fact was furious on this matter. The actor had made a call to Karan Johar and following the call, the ‘AIB’ team had to remove the clips that insulted her.

Aamir further explained the reason for his stand on ‘AIB’, “She did not even know that a live audience was watching this and couldn't protect herself. That is unfair! This is what I meant when I described the show as ‘violent’. Films which depict violence are fictional but this young girl is real. So my reaction was more emotional than moralistic.”

“Shut up” is what Russel Peters had said for Aamir. The actor has an answer for this too, “I respect everyone’s opinion. For me freedom of speech and expression is an important right and should be protected at all costs. But I also feel that freedom comes with responsibility which should be self-exercised. It’s unfortunate that caught between the rightwing fascists and the ‘no-holdsbarred’ faction, the moderates are in danger of losing their voice. And when someone uses the words ‘shut up’, it makes me believe that these people are certainly not a part of the group that is for freedom of speech.”