Two days after his comments on intolerance sparked off a nation-wide controversy, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on Wednesday said he was proud to be an Indian and had no intention to leave the country.
Aamir alleged that his earlier statements have been distorted. "We never did (have any intention of leaving), and nor would we like to in the future. Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying," he said.
The actor, however, said he stood by what he said. "To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and I do not need anyone's permission or endorsement for that.
"To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point," he said.
Aamir on Monday had triggered a storm when he said he shared his wife Kiran Rao's fear that they might have to leave India to escape the 'growing intolerance.'
"When I sit at home and talk to Kiran, for the first time she said, 'Should we move out of India?' Now that's a very disastrous and a big comment to make to me."
Aamir's comments had virtually split the politicos and celebrities with several of them coming against or in support of the actor.
The government, on its part, had said the actor's remarks were completely misplaced and an attempt to tarnish India's image.