What makes Aamir Khan a favourite with visually-impaired children

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2016 13:34 IST
File photo of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao were spotted in Santacruz, Mumbai. Khan said he was “alarmed” by the recent incidents in the country. (Yogen Shah/HT Photo)

In 2006, Aamir Khan won over critics as well as audiences with his work in Fanaa, in which he romanced a blind girl (played by Kajol). Since then, the actor has had a huge fan base among the visually-impaired, especially children. After the film released, he was invited to several blind schools and NGOs that run special schools for such kids. “He continued to interact with his special fans for a long time even after the film’s release,” says an insider.

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Now, we have come to know that until a few days back, Aamir was receiving letters, phone calls and messages from several visually-impaired children, who conveyed their support to the actor when he was going through a difficult phase (after his comments regarding the growing intolerance in India snowballed into a big controversy). “It was a very difficult period for Aamir. So, he was touched with this gesture. In fact, he even told his family members about this, as he wasn’t expecting such support from his visually-impaired fans,” adds the insider.

Aamir Khan said his wife Kiran Rao “fears for her child, she fears for the atmosphere around us, she feels scared to open the newspapers every day”. (HT File)

Apparently, since the release of Fanaa, these fans have often sent letters to him, and have stood by him over the years. “It (Fanaa) clearly struck a chord with the audience, and the bond has only grown stronger with each passing day. Aamir, too, wants to keep in touch with them,” says the insider.

The actor couldn’t be reached for a comment.

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