Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Wants Change in Culture

As anyone who has followed the career of Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan know that he is not afraid to express  his opinion. Though his comments have been misconstrued or taken out of context, the highly articulate Khan’s opinions are never off the cuff or incendiary. You feel, without ever having met Khan, his honesty and know everything he discusses are well thought out and vetted by Aamir Khan.

Aamir Khan is an actor. That is his professional. He works at it, hard not taking tomorrow for granted. Like you, he has a family he needs to support, children to provide, a wife to keep safe and happy. However, Aamir Khan’s profession gives him unique opportunities that  the normal man doesn’t have. Coupled with his success in the industry, Khan has had the opportunity to become more socially conscious.

In an article on the International News website, the writer related Khan’s method of thinking.

In his words, creative people have an important role to play in changing mindsets regarding gender issues, and that artists can do their part in moulding public opinion.

Khan joins fellow Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan, as well as an ever growing faction of Bollywood stars in call to stamp out sexual harassment of female actresses in the Bollywood world. Khan, however, takes a more pragmatic stance on. He believes that sexual harassment is not only an entertainment industry but a large worldwide cultural issue. From the Hindustan Times:

“…sexual harassment should not be looked into isolation as it is connected to larger issues of how gender roles have been defined in society. “It is connected to the larger issue. Not only in India but all over the world, (it is) this thinking of patriarchy that men are stronger or are more important that leads to various kind of things. Sexual harassment is one of them,”

Khan believes that it is a fight everyone needs to take up, especially the entertainment industry stating, “Creative people do have a role to play in showcasing men and women in a manner that influences people in the right way. I do believe we have some sort of responsibility in that,”