Aamir Khan launches 'Destination NASA' talent hunt

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Mumbai, Nov 28 (UNI) Aamir Khan's forthcoming film ''Taare Zameen Par'', in association with 24x7 and Radio Mirchi, is organising an exclusive talent hunt campaign ''Destination NASA'' among children.

Speaking to reporters last evening, Aamir said, ''I believe every child is special and it is our duty to try and encourage whatever passion they have. Every child has a problem, whether small or big and no matter what their economic background, every child deserves to be treated with dignity.'' Aamir said after reading the script of ''Taare Zameen Par'', he as moved. ''Do not limit intelligence only to science and maths.

There are other kinds of intelligence like singing, painting, sports, some kids are introspective, some kids can be very caring which is a very rare quality. Some kids are philosophers and thinkers. Just because I don't know the answer of mathematics problems, does not mean I am dumb.'' He suggested that children who are good at arts, could be sent to Europe to study arts. ''It is high time we tap their potential. My film celebrates the true potential of India's children.'' One million students from 880 schools in thirteen cities are likely to participate in the first phase of ''Destination NASA''.

Selected 750 top performers shall then compete for the city finals.

This number will further be filtered to the count of 130 candidates (10 students per city) who will go through the last round of the national finals in Delhi in February 2008.

''Top ten winners along with one parent and a teacher will make it to 'Destination NASA' and have a special one-on-one meeting with Aamir Khan. The other 120 runners up will be awarded with gifts ranging from computers to ipods,'' informed A P Parigi, Managing Director ENIL, Radio Mirchi.

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