Aamir apologises over Dhobi Ghat title | Movie Maniacs | Scoop.it
MUMBAI: With his latest home production 'Dhobi Ghat' releasing worldwide tomorrow, actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan today apologised to Rajak (washermen) community if he had unintentionally hurt their sentiments with the title.

Addressing a press conference, Aamir said people living in large cities do not understand the negative aspect of caste system in the hinterland.

"I believe in valuing other people's emotions, but not at the cost of compromising my creativity," he added.

Aamir said members of the Akhil Bharatiya Dhobi Mahasangh met him recently and voiced their resentment over the title.

"Initially, I thought they wanted to trouble me on the eve of my film's release. But, later I realised that their views were genuine. I told them that I would not have chosen the title if they had approached me a year earlier," he said.

Amit Khatri, General secretary of the Mahasangh's youth cell who was also present at the press conference said 'Dhobi' was a casteist reference.

"In many places, people of certain castes are looked down upon. We wondered how our community has been portrayed in the film. When we saw it, we realised that the film was not about the community but the famous Dhobi Ghat place in Mumbai," Khatri said.

However, the Mahasangh officials first insisted that the title should be changed. Aamir had agreed saying that he would do it even though he would suffer financially.

"We did not want him to suffer loss because of us. He understood our feelings and that was important. So we decided not to pursue the demand for title change," Khatri said.