Aamir dislikes awards but accepts this one

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Chennai, Aug 12 (UNI) Aamir Khan's 'Taare Zamin Par', a sensitively made story of a dyslexic boy may have come and gone but the film still lives in the hearts of many critics and parents who have differently abled children and filmfolk alike throughout India.

A day before he was to receive the best 'debut Director' award for his widely acclaimed film, Aamir had paid a visit to the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce auditorium and interacted with the media and with the audience which included film industry people and organisations working with and looking after differently abled people.

The film was instituted 11 years ago by the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial instituted by well known Telugu wirter, journalist and actor Gollapudi Maruti Rao.

This was in memory of his son who died in an accident while he was filming his own debut film as a director years ago.

''Yes, normally I don't accept any award because I think judging which film is better for an award is in my opinion subjective. But I do when an award is given by people who are genuine. I go by the organisation and and the people behind the award'', Aamir said at a press conference.

Asked what gave him the confidence to handle such a subject, Aamir said, ''I fell in love with the script and the story. I wanted to show it to the people of this country and the audience.'' Aamir said, ''It sensitised me towards my own kids and I am happy that it has sensitised parents who have children with such problems like dyslexia.'' Aamir said the theme of the film was simply universal.

Heads of welfare associations caring for the dyslexic children who also participated in the press conference and later in the interactive session thanked Aamir immensly for making such a film.

Aamir also announced that he was dubbing 'Taare Zamin Par' in Tamil as ''Vaal Natchathiram' and in Telugu as ''Neelimegha Taralu.'' ''The dubbed versions will be released on September 14,'' he said.

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