There was a time was Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan had such an ugly fight that the former even went ahead and called the latter’s movie “manupalitive”. The incident is a surprising one for all. But yes it happened back when Big B received a National Award for his film, Black. But the movie’s story didn’t go well with Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood, Aamir Khan. And Aamir even rated the movie as extremely insensitive and manipulative. With this began the bitter war of words between these two stars.
Things started taking shape when Aamir blogged,
”My big exception towards Black is the fact that a child with severe difficulties is shown being ill-treated instead of being treated with love, care and understanding. I simply cannot come to terms with that no matter what the writer and director say in defence.”
”I thought I was watching a rip off of Taming Of The Shrew! I take great exception to this kind of behaviour towards children being glorified and propagated through a popular mass medium as the way to deal with children with or without difficulties. I, without any hesitation, strongly condemn this kind of cinema no matter who is involved with the film, and that includes me if I ever have in the past, present or future made such an error of judgement.”
Aamir in an interview to Mumbai Mirror gave some uninvited comments about Black. He said,
”I didn’t like the film. I found it very insensitive, it sends out very wrong signals. It was extremely manipulative. I could see the effort in the manipulation, and the art of the director is in not letting you see the manipulation.”
”The sensibility wasn’t right for me, I couldn’t make out if they were living in a house or a museum or a library or a church. The performances were over the top. Most importantly, it was about a child who had these problems, an alcoholic person comes and says you have to leave her alone with me for forty days, and he slaps her around.”
When Big B was asked for comments on Aamir’s objections about the movie’s story. He told to Mid-Day,
”If Aamir is unhappy with this, let him demonstrate otherwise. I would be keen and anxious to educate myself on any prospective change that he might introduce to cinema.”
He also used the reference of one of Aamir’s film to take a shot at Aamir’s uninvited remarks.
“With due respect, all the films that he features in and that I have had the great pleasure in watching, have all adhered to the very qualities that he dislikes in Black. From using the distinct handicap, or to be politically correct, challenged condition, of a crippled human in his cricket team in Lagaan, to the ‘sensitivities’ of a blind girl in Fanaa.”
In all, both the reputed performers from Bollywood had an indirect exchange of words in public that has not been a known part of their personality. Well, now the water’s under the bridge and the duo also worked together in Thugs of Hindostan.