Aamir: Artistes still struggling for freedom of expression
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan says freedom of expression is a continuous struggle for artistes around the world and he also wonders why the Berlinale chose him as the jury member for the prestigious film festival.
‘American artistes fought McCarthyism in the 1950s. India artistes braved the emergency imposed by the state on artistic expression,’ said Aamir Thursday at a press conference held in the German capital to introduce members of the international jury of the 61st Berlinale which opened Thursday.
‘And today Jafar Panahi (an Iranian director who is also on the judges panel) is imprisoned by the government in Iran and unable to be with us at the Berlinale,’ he added.
Aamir also said that artistes have to be very patient when faced with censorship by the state without giving up their struggle against the throttling of artistic expression.