"All is not well". This was how a concerned Aamir Khan reacted today on seeing the condition of The Druk White Lotus School where the Bollywood star shot for his super hit 3 Idiots, tweaking the film's popular punch dialogue "All is well" to reflect the ground situation.
The school which was damaged in the devastating cloudburst nearly two weeks back shot into limelight after it was featured as Aamir aka Rancho's school in the film. 45-year-old Aamir has a very special attachment with the school, about 15 km from Leh on the Leh-Manali highway.
Aamir, who rushed here at the first available opportunity, visited the school which had incurred heavy infrastructure damage due to the cloudburst on the intervening night of August 5 and 6, and some other villages as far as 70 kms from the Leh town. Around 200 persons perished in the flash floods that followed the cloudburst.
Responding to the query if he would still say the famous dialogue from '3 Idiots' – All is well – Aamir said, "All is not well. But for the sake of humanity one should help others. One should raise the morale of others."
Aamir then recited lines from one the songs in the movie which was about saying all is well when life is out of control.
The school, which has about 800 students on its rolls, had shot to fame after Khan's character in '3 Idiots' Rancho, a brilliant engineering student, is shown as having started a school in Ladakh.
"Actually the school is not of Ranchos. It was set up by Fungsuk Wangado, the real name of the character that I was playing in the movie," Aamir said.
Dressed in blue denims and a white T-shirt, Aamir interacted with the students at the school and took a stock of the damage done, appealed to the people to donate freely to the Prime Minister's relief fund.
"It really pains me. I wish I had come in happier times," Aamir, who took the day long trip with 12th Gyalwang Druk Chen, the chief of the Drukpa sect of Buddhism, when asked how he felt visiting Leh post the disaster said.