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“Intolerance” dogs Aamir and Shah Rukh

Updated: February 26, 2016 2:01 pm

They thought they were very clever and would have a lot of sympathy when they publically complained of rising intolerance in the country but the opposite happened. Now they are being shown what intolerance really means. According to reports, Shah Rukh’s Dilwale, despite the popular pairing of Shah Rukh with Kajol, did not do much business as was expected. Many people were intolerant about his rising intolerance remark.

A scribe asked, “Does Aamir remember the troubles he went through during the making of Lagaan in Bhuj? Now problems draped in saffron colours visited Shah Rukh when he reached Bhuj to shoot for Raees. Luckily the situation was brought under control. But the trouble was only to be expected. Shah Rukh’s comments on IT (Intolerance) continue to haunt him long after he blew out the last candle on his birthday cake on November 2.”

Shah Rukh’s Happy New Year was not a very nice film but had done pretty good business. But why not Dilwale? Because since Happy New Year the audiences’ level of tolerance has changed. Nothing politically correct about that. A year or two years back they were willing to accept any old recycled, rehashed junk with the Khan superstars in the lead. The rules have changed. The audiences won’t tolerate intolerable films any more.

Having taught a lesson in 2015 the Khans have pulled up their socks in 2016. Shah Rukh plays a completely out of image character in Maneesh Sharma’s Fan and Rahul Dholakia’s Raees. Ditto Salman in Sultan and Aamir in Dangal.

But Aamir Khan is reportedly feeling the heat. He is even willing to hug Sunny Leone to let the world know how liberal he is. Given the volatility of the situation Aamir Khan’s camp is biting their nails wondering if the ‘Boycott Dangal’ would be a movement that would gather momentum or lose steam by the time the film releases in December.

Well, that’s difficult to gauge. Public memory is short. But Rahulji, their mentor of sorts, continues to talk about rising intolerance. But if Dangal is going to be the kind of premium product that Aamir is known for in the last ten years (before that he did horrible pieces like Love Love Love, Tum Mere Ho, Awwal Number, Toilet, Sorry, Daulat Ki Jung) then nothing can stop it from being a blockbuster.

The audience tolerated the ouch-inducing religious swipes in PK, didn’t they? My advice, unsolicited, is that if Aamir is still shaken over the uproar his comment about intolerance evoked, he should visit Ajmer Sharif and Vishwanath Baba in Varanasi. And for a pucca assurance he should go and fly a kite in Ahmedabad, a la Salman Khan.

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