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Aamir Khan’s date with America


Bollywood's Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan was on a date with America when he was felicitated with a prestigious US award in recognition of his successful effort to create debate on country's pressing social problems through his popular TV show 'Satyamev Jayate'.

Douglas B Wilson,former Assistant Secretary of Defence for Public Affairs honours Aamir Khan. (PTI)


47-year-old Aamir Khan was presented with the Inaugural America Abroad Media Award along with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and the International Center on Non-violent Conflict (ICNC) at a function in Washington,which was attended by city's who's who,including those from the State Department,Pentagon and diplomats.
"I have no idea that how the work that we started back home would interest somehow outside India," Aamir Khan said in his acceptance speech.

Bigelow,the other winner,is the director of 'Hurt Locker' and 'Zero Dark Thirty',where she chronicled America's decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden. In 2010,Bigelow became the first and only woman to date to win the Academy Award for Best Director for 'Hurt Locker'.
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"Me and my team are trying to do this show with love,because we feel that we are part of the problem and we are also part of the solution. And we need to find that. We need to question ourselves and look inside as opposed to pointing outside," said Aamir Khan in a panel discussion post the ceremony.
It was one of the rare occasions when Aamir Khan,who has made it a practice of not attending award shows,accepted an award.

Timothy Roemer (left),former US Ambassador to India interacts with Bollywood actor Aamir Khan as his wife Kiran Rao looks on. (PTI)


Aamir Khan,who was accompanied by his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao,went traditional in a charcoal black sherwani. Kiran was elegantly dressed in a mint green sari worn with a shawl to keep herself warm.

Aamir Khan said he was working on the next season of the show,which had caught the imagination of the country last year.

"All my capabilities lie in the field of media and storytelling. So we try to combine our expertise and capabilities in storytelling and television and picking social issues we feel that can make a difference," he said. (PTI)


Aamir Khan said,though it is nice to be felicitated here,he is more concerned about Indian audience. "My main aim is to really work in India and to sensitize people about issues and see that we can find solutions to our own issues back home. I am looking to talking to Indians," he said.
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When asked by a Pakistani journalist whether he would work for a Pakistani film,Aamir Khan said yes.

"I am a creative person. Whenever I receive an offer from any part of the world,which is of interest to me,I would like to do that. The culture of India and Pakistan are the same. Our language is the same. There is a lot of similarities among us. So indeed if there is any offer of a film from Pakistan,and I like the script,I would certainly like to do that."
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