Men’s rights activists across India have decided to boycott Aamir Khan’s upcoming movie Talaash to protest against the Bollywood actor’s portrayal of men as villains in his TV show Satyameva Jayate. They have launched an SMS and online campaign to urge men not to watch the movie.
“We are not against this movie but against Aamir Khan who portrayed husbands and men as culprits in Satyameva Jayate,” said Virag Dhulia, a techie and head of gender studies at men’s rights organisation Confidare Research.
Virag added, “Aamir has given false statistics in his episodes about women’s suicide and domestic violence. According to union home ministry’s data, 62,000 men commit suicide in the country every year. He has not shown the truth about male suicides. He should have also called us and we would have explained the truth. ”
He alleged that Aamir showed false statistics that one in every two women was a victim of dowry harassment and domestic violence. In Bangalore, the boycott is being spearheaded by organisations like Save Indian Family (SIF). Across India, there are about 10,000 men’s rights activists.