Aamir Khan: What drove the Bollywood star to social activism?

Aamir Khan: What drove the Bollywood star to social activism?

November 16, 2017
Al Jazeera’s “The Snake Charmer” charts the unusual journey of one of India’s biggest movie stars.

Actor Aamir Khan speaks during a news conference in Singapore (REUTERS/EDGAR SU)

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On Thursday, November 16 at 19:30 GMT:

How does one of India’s biggest film stars end up sharing a sofa with women who have endured rape, abuse and forced foeticide? And then come to terms with the industry he’s part of, and the way it treats women?

Aamir Khan is one of the most popular and influential Bollywood actors in India today. He became a star of Hindi cinema in the 1980s and went on to stare some of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time. The most notable internationally “Lagaan” earned an Oscar nomination in 2001. In 2012, Khan took a break from acting and, together with a childhood friend, created a TV series called ‘Satyamev Jayate’ which became the first prime time television show in India to discuss the country’s most critical social issues – from rape to dowry killings.

Al Jazeera’s Witness film, “The Snake Charmer” follows Khan on a journey through India’s TV and film industry as he attempts to change the way Indians perceive and treat women. The filmmakers join The Stream to take your questions. Be part of the conversation at 1930GMT.

Read more:

"The Snake Charmer" – Al Jazeera Witness 
With ‘Secret Superstar,’ Aamir Khan And Kiran Rao Make A Bet That Pays Off In Social Value – Forbes

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