Aamir Khan graced the third episode of Koffee with Karan Season 6 on Sunday with the show starting off on a serious note. Host Karan Johar had a comprehensive dialogue with the super star about the MeToo movement in India. Karan lauded Aamir for stepping up as the first bigwig in the industry who took a stand against the alleged harassers.
“First of all, women have been facing this kind of exploitation for decades, centuries and not just in films, in life. And it’s really awful that any human being should be pressurised, misused in any manner and preyed upon. I am glad there is a cleanup happening and women are having strength to speak about it.”
Earlier Aamir Khan had walked out of Mogul after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against its director, Subhash Kapoor. In the wake of the campaign, Aamir had released a statement that he and his wife Kiran will not associate themselves with anyone who has been accused of sexual harassment.
“I was aware of the responsibility on Kiran and me. If the person is innocent, I do not know how I will live with myself because I would have finished the person off. I carry that burden and I think about it every night,” he said.
The Thugs of Hindostan star accepted that it took him a while to realize that he also has been a part of films that objectified women and it’s not just fun. “I wish our films did not encourage this kind of behavior. I have sung a song Khambe Jaisi Kharri Hai, which literally, objectifies women in every sentence. I realized 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. It never occurred to me that a person could be so predatory in nature. The more I am listening about it, I am realizing it is quite rampant. That is really awful and disturbing,” Aamir said.
Aamir Khan is currently awaiting the release of his Diwali magnum opus, Thugs of Hindostan, scheduled to release on 8 November.