Actor Aamir Khan said that when he made his TV debut with the social awareness show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ he was for both pats and brickbats.
While the first 3 episodes of show were well received by one and all, his fourth episode has managed to irk Indian Medical Association as the episode dealt with malpractices in the medical profession.
This has unsettled an umbrella body of 21 medical institutions, who have demanded a public apology from the actor for defaming medial profession.
But the actor is unapologetic for his actions.
“I have absolutely no intentions of apologizing because I have not done anything wrong,” said actor to IANS.
“We were aware that since these are issues that are core to all of us and affecting every Indian, obviously there are some people who are part of the problem, and they are not going to be happy with us because these are the ones who don’t want a solution to be there,” he added.
The actor said that he would have been infact be shocked if there weren’t brickbats coming his way.
“In fact, I would have been surprised if we would not have earned brickbats. The people who are getting troubled are very likely the ones who are part of the problems,” said the actor and added that he hadn’t received any physical threats as of yet.
The major issue raised by Medical Institutions is that Aamir Khan only concentrated on malpractices of doctors and completely ignored the noble work done by many. But Aamir dismisses this claim.
“I don’t know whether they have seen the show because a number of times we brought out that there are many doctors who are doing great work. We gave such strong examples of positive work by doctors like Dr. Devi Shetty and Dr. Shamit Sharma,” he said.
He also said that he hadn’t insulted anyone and especially not doctors, whom he has high regards for.
“I have not insulted the medical profession at all. I have the highest regard for the medical profession. In fact what is insulting to the medical profession is those doctors who are indulging in unethical practices. They have insulted the medical profession, not me,” he said.
Aamir Khan said that though there were many opposing him, few doctors had written to him supporting his move.
“A lot of doctors have written to me and said, `Your work is fantastic and we are thank you for what you have done`,” he said thanking all those doctors and young medical students for sending him messages and supporting him.
The actor, who previously brought to light sensitive issues like female infanticide, dowry and child abuse, said that he realizes the importance of task he has up taken.
“I feel what I have set out to do is extremely important and what I support is important for me and very important for society and our country. I have absolutely no hesitation in doing what I feel is right for the country. So in that, if there is a small group of people who are getting upset, it is sad, but so be it. In fact, I would request those people who are getting upset to look inward,” he said.
“I believe we are trying to make a sincere effort in first understanding issues and then shedding light on them, and we are committed to that attempt,” he concluded.