New Delhi: ‘Animal’, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and starring Ranbir Kapoor, was a huge hit last year. The film, however, came under fire for what was seen as misogyny and toxic masculinity. In a recent interview, Sandeep suggested that filmmaker Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan’s ex-wife, start by criticizing Aamir’s films in response to her concern.
Vanga pointed to a sequence in the movie ‘Dil’ where Aamir’s character makes crude remarks against a woman, yet they ultimately fall in love. On the other hand, Aamir’s apology videos for the particular song and its lyrics have since resurfaced on the internet.
In an interview with Aaj Tak, Aamir said, “Hindi films have not been responsible enough, especially the way we project men and women. When we show something wrong in the films, we also show that the result of it is something positive. Which is wrong. And we often make the women an ‘item’ in films. Even the songs are like ‘tu cheez badi hai mast mast’. And even I am involved in this and I have done such films. ‘khambe jaisi khadi hai, ladki hai ya chadi hai.’ We are calling women ‘khamba’ but not humans. I am very ashamed of it.”
Look @imvangasandeep #AamirKhan apologized in front of everyone for using “khambe jaisi khadi”song in Dil…will you ever do the same for showing women as objects in your movies https://t.co/22ypuOCTgb pic.twitter.com/bBBp7FjPJu
— RAJ (@AamirsDevotee) February 3, 2024
Speaking on Koffee with Karan, Aamir criticized the centuries-old exploitation of women in both real life and in movies. Aamir praised the courage of women who spoke up and pointed out how the role that movies, including his own, have played in encouraging such behavior.
Meanwhie, Sandeep Reddy Vanga spoke about Kiran in an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, and said, “I want to tell that woman that go and ask Aamir Khan about the song ‘Khambe jaisi khadi hai’, what was that? Then come back to me.”