Last week, images of actor Aamir Khan at Turkey’s international airport did the rounds with speculations that the actor has resumed filming for Laal Singh Chaddha. The actor is reportedly in the country, after a long hiatus, to commence work on Laal Singh Chadda for a 40-day schedule which is believed to commence soon.
— Filmfare (@filmfare) August 10, 2020
Amidst the preparation for the shoot, the actor met with the Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan at the Huber Mansion in Istanbul. The meeting between the two has gutted the star’s fans and Twitter, in general, owing to the animosity between India and Turkey.
The actor met the lady, who has been a part of important social projects and humanitarian aid activities, to raise awareness about his ‘Paani Foundation’ that deals in drought prevention and watershed management in Maharashtra, India.
Tweeps have pointed out that the actor refused to meet nationalist Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu when he was in Mumbai, but chose to meet the Turkish PM who has made anti-Indian statements and supported Pakistan on the scrapping of Article 370 in Kashmir last year. They also said in their tweets that patriotism prevailed only in his films and not in real life.
Once Aamir Khan refused to meet India’s friend Israel’s PM.
Today He is meeting Anti Ind Erdogan
As we all know Turkey opposed abrogation of Article 370. Openly support Pak
— Narendra Modi fan (@narendramodi177) August 16, 2020
Salman, Shahrukh and#AamirKhan are all bigots.
Earn money from India & stand with anti-India Forces 👏👏
We’ve to make sure they don’t earn from us anymore
#Bollywoodmafia #BoycottBollywoodMovies pic.twitter.com/fAKJENH5q9
— Tw!tter_fly 🦋 (@Nidhi_Sh008) August 17, 2020
Aamir Khan Refused to join Nationalist Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu when he was in Mumbai.
But he Went to Turkey to meet Turkish PM who supports Pakistan on Kashmir issue and also gave anti-india statements.
— Ajit Doval (@AjitKDoval_FAN) August 16, 2020
The duo had also reportedly discussed the similarities in Indian and Turkish cultures and handicrafts and spoken about the actor’s Christmas 2021 release Laal Singh Chaddha, which the Turkish first lady is excited to watch.
It is noteworthy that Aamir’s wife, Kiran Rao, had lived in Turkey for a short period of time, before moving to India. It is also to be noted that in 2017, the Turkish government had invited Aamir to promote his film Secret Superstar in the country.
Helmed by Advait Chandan of Secret Superstar fame, Laal Singh Chaddha is being jointly produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, and Viacom 18 Studios. It is the Indian adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’ iconic Forrest Gump which starred Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field.
The film will see Aamir Khan play the role of a sardar with Kareena Kapoor Khan playing the female lead. Vijay Sethupathi and Mona Singh have landed important roles in the film. While Pritam is composing music, lyrics are by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Atul Kulkarni is penning the story. So far, the film crew has shot in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
*(featured image courtesy Twitter (@EmineErdogan)