Bollywood celebrities Anupam Kher, Ramgopal Varma and Raveena Tandon have criticised Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan for his intolerance remarks.
The 50-year-old actor had provoked sharp reactions on Twitter with his industry colleagues asking "When did 'Incredible India' become 'Intolerant India' for you".
The PK star, during an appearance at an award function last evening in the national capital, had said he has been "alarmed" by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should leave the country.
Kher, who shared screen space with Aamir in Dil, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin among others, hit out at him saying, "India has made him what he is".
"Dear @aamir_khan. Did you ask Kiran which country would she like to move out to? Did you tell her that this country has made you AAMIR KHAN. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country but you never thought of moving out," he posted on Twitter.
Taking a dig at Aamir's 'Atithi Devo Bhavah' campaign and his popular TV show "Satyamev Jayate", Kher added, "Dear @aamir_khan. When did 'Incredible India' become 'Intolerant India' for you? Only in the last 7—8 months? #AtithiDevoBhavah.
"#SatyamevaJayate you talked about evil practices but gave Hope. So even in 'Intolerant' times you need to spread Hope not Fear."
Varma, who directed Aamir in Rangeela, wrote, "Some celebs complaining about Intolerance should be the last ones to complain because they became celebs in a so called intolerant country.
"Compared to any country India is the most tolerant and if some people are unhappy here also they should tell which country they will go to."
Rishi Kapoor wrote, "Mr & Mrs Aamir Khan. When things are going wrong and the system needs correction, repair it, mend it. Don't run away from it. That is Heroism!"
Actor Paresh Rawal said if Aamir believes it is his "motherland then he will never talk about leaving it".
"Aamir is a fighter so he should not leave but change the situation in the country! jeena yahan marna yahan! A true patriot will not run away and leave his motherland behind in turmoil or in troubled times (if any )… Don't escape — build it…," Rawal, who acted with him in Andaz Apna Apna and Akele Hum Akele Tum, posted.
Raveena Tandon, without taking Aamir's name, tweeted, "Guess all those who did not want pm Modi to become PM, want 2 bring this govt down… sadly becoz of politics, they are shaming country.
Really — have the guts to say it openly, instead of dragging the whole country's image down, I don't have a problem with any form of protest. But when it comes to respecting your nation and what it has done for you ?? Before that ask yourself..What have you done for the nation?," she tweeted.