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05-03-2012, 05:43 PM #1
Aamir Khan finally agrees to attend an awards ceremony
Bollywood Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan is known for not attending film award functions, and even though he’s won awards for his movies, he’s not been at the events to collect them.
Many years ago, Aamir Khan vowed to keep his distance from such reward events as he felt they were subject to the organisers’ relationship with stars and had nothing to do with talent. Come rain or sunshine, since then Mr Perfectionist has never accepted awards, attended or performed at such events. Some of his contemporaries have been lured in by the big moolah for dancing acts, but not Aamir. He’s been extremely careful not to support these privately instituted shows. In fact, in recent times he didn’t even provide footage of his films to the organizers of such dos.
Now the latest buzz is that the superstar who sprints in the opposite direction at the mention of awards will make an appearance at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards on May 3. The annual function at Juhu’s Hotel Tulip Star will honour some of the Bollywood’s major names.
Ashok Shekhar, son of veteran actor Chandrashekhar, who is one of the organisers of the event, insists that they have written confirmation from Aamir that he will be present at the function. “He is keen on attending and has stated that he will be there only for half an hour,” says Ashok, adding that the ceremony will start at around 6.30 pm and Aamir is expected to show up by 9 pm. The actor will unveil a wax statue of Dadasaheb Phalke, who directed India’s first full-length feature, Raja Harishchandra in 1913.
However, Aamir is categorical about not accepting any awards at the do. “We had requested him last year too, but he declined it. He made it clear to us that he is coming to the event to unveil the statue since we’re celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema,” reasons Ashok, adding that Aamir will be seated next to Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna, who are being honoured with the Phalke Ratna and Legendary Actor trophies respectively.
Aamir’s last appearance at an awards ceremony was in 2010, at the GQ Men of the Year Awards, where he received the GQ Legend Award from John Travolta. The same year, he was presented the Padma Bhushan by President Pratibha Patil and attended a gala hosted by a business publication.