Kiran Rao, filmmaker and ex-wife of Aamir Khan, has come forward to defend him against the recent claim of misogyny made by Animal director Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Kiran suggests that instead of making public statements, Sandeep should address his concerns directly with Aamir. In an interview, she also highlights Aamir’s willingness to acknowledge and apologize for past problematic portrayals of women in his films.
Kiran Stands Up for Aamir:
In response to Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s accusation that Kiran Rao has not addressed the misogyny in Aamir Khan’s past films, Kiran has come forward to defend her ex-husband. She asserts that Aamir is one of the few actors who have publicly apologized for the problematic content in their previous work. Kiran acknowledges his efforts to take responsibility and learn from past mistakes.
Advocating for Direct Communication:
Kiran suggests that Sandeep Reddy Vanga should engage in a direct conversation with Aamir Khan to address his concerns. She believes that personal discussions, conducted “man to man,” would be a more productive approach than making public statements. Kiran emphasizes that she is not responsible for Aamir’s work or actions and encourages Sandeep to address his questions directly to Aamir.
Aamir’s Apology for Past Misogyny:
Kiran points out that Aamir Khan has openly apologized for the suggestive song “Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai” from the 1990 film Dil, which he starred in alongside Madhuri Dixit. She commends Aamir for his willingness to reflect on his body of work and apologize for elements that may have been problematic in retrospect. Kiran considers this aspect of Aamir’s character to be commendable.
Kiran Clarifies Her Stance on Misogyny:
Kiran clarifies that she never specifically mentioned Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s movies when discussing misogyny in Bollywood films. She states that she hasn’t seen his work and therefore cannot comment on it specifically. Kiran reiterates that her criticism has always been directed towards the broader issue of misogyny in the industry, and she will continue to address it.
Continued Collaboration and Co-Parenting:
Despite their divorce, Kiran and Aamir maintain a professional relationship and continue to work together. Aamir is co-producing Kiran’s upcoming directorial project, Laapataa Ladies, and they co-parent their son, Azad. Kiran’s participation in Aamir’s daughter Ira Khan’s recent wedding festivities further highlights their amicable relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- Did Kiran directly criticize Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s movies for misogyny?
No, Kiran clarified that she did not specifically mention Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s movies in her criticism. She has not seen his work and therefore cannot comment on it directly.
- What is Kiran’s response to Sandeep’s claim of misogyny in Aamir’s past films? Kiran defends Aamir by highlighting his willingness to apologize for problematic portrayals of women in his previous work. She commends him for taking responsibility and learning from his mistakes.
- How does Kiran suggest Sandeep address his concerns about Aamir?
Kiran advocates for direct communication between Sandeep and Aamir, encouraging Sandeep to address his questions or concerns “man to man.” She believes that personal conversations would be more productive than making public statements.
- Are Kiran and Aamir still collaborating professionally?
Yes, despite their divorce, Kiran and Aamir continue to work together. Aamir is co-producing Kiran’s upcoming directorial project, Laapataa Ladies.
How did Kiran respond to Sandeep’s claim that she should check her surroundings before criticizing films like Kabir Singh?
Kiran reiterated that she is not responsible for Aamir’s work or actions. She encouraged Sandeep to address his questions directly to Aamir and not involve her in the conversation.