Why do you do this to yourself? Why do you get swayed in all the public enchantment, and start talking from the heart? This world needs balance, of mind and power. Heart? That you need to cross out, for romance and love – however realistic they may be – are only limited to your movies.
It was nice hearing you on your 50th birthday. You’re on the wiser side of age now, and you’ve been acting this grown-up since the last few years. In 2010, when My Name is Khan was about to release, you opened your heart and pitched the idea of including Pakistani cricketers in the Indian Premier League.
No, no, you just don’t say the name of that country. It’s the Voldemort of our dark world. We are no wizards, but the magic lies somewhere. How else can misinterpretation, exaggeration and propaganda happen at such a rapid rate? Arresto Momentum.
Shiv Sena threatened to – and did – interrupt screenings and damage theaters. Only if you would’ve kept quiet.
Actually it’s not your heart, as much as it’s your name. Yes Shah, your name is Khan. And yes, that makes you a terrorist if you go by Sadhvi Prachis and Yogi Adityanaths of this country. Yes, the very same country which you’ve called your homeland, for the freedom of which your father fought in his life.
On your birthday, you said that the nation is seeing increased intolerance all around, and how stupid are those people who question you on your patriotism. But sadly, you just set the tolerance alert ringing. There were calls to send you to Pakistan, tagging you a terrorist, and your personal life threatened, just to remind you that we are really very chilled, and tolerant. Please mind this fact.
The one thing that breaks my heart into a million pieces is the fact that they are asking you, the man who sold us Swiss dreams, tingling our ears to melodious delight, to move to the country-which-cannot-be-named. Alas! As the song goes in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge..”Iss gaon ki anpadh mitti padh nahin sakti teri chithhi…”
Trust me, the Indian government is really calm on such issues. What bigger example of tolerance do you need from a government which still hasn’t deviated from its line of governance even after receiving back several awards, criticisms and political opposition. See, there the magic lies.
Let’s keep the magic realism to the reel roles you do. We understand Raj and Rahul, and we fall in love with them and believe their stories. We also tolerate movies like Happy New Year, and Ra.One which come as a side note to an otherwise illustrious career of yours. We shall redeem you of your burden by supporting you through this mud-slinging fest too. But in return, cross your heart and promise that you won’t champion a cause that talks about the reality off-screen. We won’t tolerate that, or perhaps we will, but you would have to bear the consequences.