Aamir Khan, ex-wife Kiran Rao and Animal director Sandeep Reddy Vanga are currently involved in a three-way exchange of critical comments, both implicit and direct. Aamir is a silent participant in this but is also the fulcrum around which the controversy has gathered. There is a lot to unpack in the sequence of events that started with Sandeep Reddy Vanga taking aim at Kiran Rao in a recent interview. For reference, Mr Vanga's last two films – Animal And Kabir Singh – Both were not only massive hits, but also widely condemned for glorifying misogyny and toxic masculinity. Sandeep Reddy Vanga has spent most of his public time since the release of Animal Defending his filmmaking from critics who warn of the dangers of depicting violence against women and their humiliation.
Details of Sandeep Reddy Vanga's allegations against Kiran Rao, his counter and Aamir Khan's accidental involvement.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga name checked Kiran Rao
In conversation with Dainik Bhaskar… Animal The director hit out at Kiran Rao on the basis of an old comment in which he had said that some films blur the line between stalking and seduction. He told Dainik Bhaskar (translated from Hindi), “This morning, my AD showed me an article. It is from the second ex-wife of a superstar. She is saying that she likes films.” bahubali 2 And Kabir Singh Promoting misogyny and stalking. I think he doesn't know the difference between stalking and approaching. When people read these things out of context, they tend to agree. This is completely wrong.”
What did Kiran Rao say last year?
In November 2023, Kiran Rao called for gender sensitization in a session citing a Tata Institute of Social Sciences report that included “stalking as one of the most glorified forms of wooing a woman” – Ms. Rao said, such films do very well. Naming of Kabir Singh. “Another very big film that I find fascinating was bahubali 1(Baahubali: The Beginning, It started off with this exciting fight sequence, where this woman is jumping from one tree to another, and she's a warrior. But the hero cleverly strips her of her agency and reduces her to just a personable romantic interest. I find it fascinating. It is one of the biggest films of Indian cinema,” he said, as reported by The Times of India.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga name checked Aamir Khan
Indian mainstream cinema has long been accused of promoting stalking and rejecting the notion of consent. Mr Vanga dismissed a very serious concern with whataboutery, referencing Kiran Rao's ex-husband Aamir Khan's 1990 film. Heart, ,I would like to tell that woman to go Aamir Khan Ask 'Is it khadi like a pillar, is it a girl or is it a phuljari', what was that?, Then come back to me. he is, MeaningIf you remember the heart, almost attempted rape. By taking him to him, he realizes that he has done wrong. And he falls in love. What is all this, (I'd like to say to that woman, 'Go ask Aamir Khan, 'Is she like a dick, a girl or a firecracker?' What was that?” Then come back to me. If you remember Dil, he makes almost The situation leads to attempted rape, and this makes her realize she was wrong. Eventually she falls in love. What's this all about?) I don't understand why they attack like this before checking around. ,” Sandeep Reddy Vanga told daily Bhaskar.
Aamir Khan's old apology letter goes viral!
Soon after Mr Wanga's comment went viral, the internet was scoured and an old video of Aamir Khan apologizing was found. Heart And this standing like a pillar Song. Aamir had said in an interview to Aaj Tak, “I am very embarrassed.” Heartwhich co-starred Madhuri Dixit, was a huge hit, but has since been accused of apologizing for rape and trivializing sexual assault as romance.
Aamir Khan had said in an old interview, “Hindi films have not been that responsible, especially in the way we project men and women. When we show something wrong in films, we also show that it results in something positive. Which is wrong. And we often make women 'items' in films. Even the songs are like that'You are a very desirable thing, And even I am involved in this and I have done such films. ,Is she standing like a pillar, is she a girl or has she climbed, We are calling women'pillar'But not human. I am very embarrassed by this.”
A post on Will do only:
Look @imwangasandeep#Aamir Khan Apologized in front of everyone for using the song “Khambe Jaisi Khadi” in Dil…Will you ever do the same to objectify women in your films https://t.co/22ypuOCTgbpic.twitter.com/bBBp7FjPJu
– Raj (@AamirsDevotee) 3 February 2024
Kiran Rao's reaction
The bullets were fired by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and Kiran Rao responded to this in a recent interview with The Quint. Like the post on X, Ms Rao praised the actor. He said, “There are very few people who will look back at their work and apologize for doing something problematic and that's really admirable.” He further said that if the Animal director has to say something to Aamir Khan, then he should do so. Simply: “If Mr. Vanga has something to say to Aamir, he should say so directly. I am not responsible for Aamir or Aamir Khan's work. I would like Mr. Reddy to address his questions directly to Mr. Khan.” Do it.”
Kiran Rao also talked about his participation Kabir Singh One example of misogyny on screen was part of a general criticism of the way women are portrayed in Bollywood and that he had not seen Sandeep Reddy Vanga's films. “I have never commented on Mr. Sandeep's films because I have never seen them. I have often spoken on misogyny and the representation of women on screen. I have spoken about it many times on various platforms. But I have never taken the name of any film because it is not about any specific film. Why did Mr. Vanga assume that I was talking about his film, you will have to ask him. I have never taken the name of his film. Haven't seen it,'' he said.
Is this the last word worth it?
On X, the official handle of Animal Expressing displeasure he posted, “We or our director Sandeep Reddy Vanga are not making any assumption Ms. Kiran Rao. This is a fact reported by a very big media channel.”
Article link 👇🏼https://t.co/dLKVn5pPO4pic.twitter.com/lJcLHmHwGJ
– Animal The Film (@AnimalTheFilm) 5 February 2024
So far, so complicated – given Aamir Khan's apology it appears to be a self-goal for Sandeep Reddy Vanga Heart Available for public consumption.