1. Aamir Khan’s PK controversy: Director Rajkumar Hirani reacts

Aamir Khan’s PK controversy: Director Rajkumar Hirani reacts

Saddened by the protests against his film 'PK', director Rajkumar Hirani today rejected allegations...

By: | Mumbai | Published: December 30, 2014 4:32 PM
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The film, which was released across the country on December 19, has already earned Rs 246.32 crore at the box office even as it has been facing protests from activists. (PTI)

Saddened by the protests against his film ‘PK’, director Rajkumar Hirani today rejected allegations that the movie was disrespectful to Hinduism and insisted that it projects oneness of humankind.

As protests by right-wing groups continued, Hirani said he had no intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments and maintained that the the Aamir Khan-starrer upholds the true spirit of religion while condemning “only the abuse” of it.

“I’m deeply saddened and concerned about the protests by some groups against our film ‘PK’. On behalf of the entire team of ‘PK’, I would like to clarify that we respect all religions and faiths.

52-year-old Hirani, who has made films like ‘Munnabhai’ series and ‘3 Idiots’, said there was no intention to hurt anyone through the film and contrary to the objections raised by the groups, his film upholds the concept of oneness of all humans.

“Our film is inspired by the ideas of Sant Kabir and Mahatma Gandhi. It is a film, which brings to fore the thought that all humans who inhabit this planet are the same. There are no differences,” he said in a statement.

He appealed to the protesting groups to see the film in totality and not just isolated scenes. “Our intention is not to hurt anyone, or to discriminate against any religion. I would once again like to assure them that I have the highest regard towards all religions, and that we respect all religions and faiths.”

The film, which was released across the country on December 19, has already earned Rs 246.32 crore at the box office even as it has been facing protests from activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and All India Mahasabha in some cities.

Several FIRs have been filed in different parts of the country by right-wing groups who allege that ‘PK’ mocks Hindu gods and its contents were “highly provocative”.

“I have the highest respect for the concept of ‘Advait’- the oneness of all humans – that is central to Indian culture, thought, and religion. It saddens me to think that a film that upholds this great Hindu principal is accused of being disrespectful of Hinduism.

“I would like to thank the millions of deeply religious people who have loved the film and feel that it upholds the spirit of true religiosity and condemns only the abuse of it,” the director said.

“I believe in the great Hindu idea ”’Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – the whole world is a family. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and indeed all religions, teach us brotherhood and love. The intent of the film is to uphold this great thought,” he said.

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    Bruhat Kumar
    Jan 13, 2015 at 11:40 am
    The producers of the movie ‘pk’ made a statement that the inspiration for production of the film are Mahatma hi and saint kabirdas. As a child we studied dreams ofhi’s GramaSwarajya (Empowerment of villages), his untired efforts for eradication of untouchability and for development of spotless personality with virtues like Ahimsa, truthfulness etc. But as I grew up I did not pursue hian philosophy and am glad to know which sayings of these two great personalities inspired them. As children though we did not understand much about all the above we are fascinated to know the concept of the three monkeys who tells us not to hear bad things, not to see bad things and not to speak bad things by closing ears, eyes and mouth by both hands respectively. I am reproducing the explanation that I liked. No man is perfect. Both good and bad coexists in every person. The mind of a man is pickle like a monkey and if you start looking at bad things in your fellow being you neither improve nor correct him. As fundamental step one should practice not to see, hear and speak bad things about a person and I think it is true with any sect, group are society as none are perfect. Obviously this step is not the end next step is praise for his good things in public which gives him motivation for further improvement and council him in private providing him an opportunity to change otherwise his ego will be wounded and he is likely to resulting in a conflict. In this digital age such criticism will result in multifold. I have afraid in the enthusiasm the producers of this film have over looked this fact. To be frank enough I have not seen the picture yet but like to view once the philosophical back ground of these mahatma’s which is the inspiration for making the film is understood by me to enable me to judge myself.

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