Aamir Khan Faces Heat Back Home on Meeting First Lady of Turkey

Bollywood star Aamir Khan’s meeting with the first lady of Turkey, Emine Erdogan, made headlines and took over top social media trends on Monday morning. Aamir recently visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife Emine Erdogan at Huber Mansion in Istanbul. The meeting was documented in photos which were shared by Turkey’s First Lady on Twitter.

“I had the great pleasure of meeting @aamir_khan, the world-renowned Indian actor, filmmaker, and director, in Istanbul. I was happy to learn that Aamir decided to wrap up the shooting of his latest movie ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ in different parts of Turkey. I look forward to it,” Emine wrote on Twitter.

Laal Singh Chaddha, is an official remake of Tom Hank’s movie Forrest Gump.

The actor had requested a meeting with Emine Erdogan according to local Turkish media. The two of them reportedly discussed projects initiated by Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao, such as the Paani Foundation, and the actor also delighted Turkey’s First Lady with anecdotes from the time his wife stayed in Turkey. However, their discussions have nothing to do with why the actor is being trolled by Twitter users in India. The hatred was a result of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stance on the Kashmir issue. Turkey had recently extended its support to Pakistan, hinting that the Kashmir issue can only be resolved if India is just and fair. The reason: the reported tensions between India and Turkey over Article 370 being scrapped in Kashmir and how Turkey is siding with Pakistan on the heated conflict. The incident took place during his visit to Islamabad. He had drawn the ire of Indians by comparing the Kashmir situation with the World War II Gallipoli campaign.

“Turkish President is backing Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir and Indian superstar Aamir is meeting his wife. Celebrities from smaller countries are more loyal to their motherland than Bollywood people ever would be,” Twitter user @TrulyMonica tweeted while @iAnkurSingh tweeted, “Aamir Khan refused to meet India’s friend, Israel’s PM Netanyahu. But pays special visit to Anti-India Turkey’s first lady.”

“I urge Shri Rahul Kanwal to ask his efficient team to run some digital forensics on Aamir Khan’s activities, statements and meetings over the past few years to draw up his profile. It will be really helpful for the country to judge if Aamir is a rationalist or a closet Islamist,” @AsYouNotWish tweeted.

Wisha Adnan
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