Aamir receives US award for ‘Satyamev Jayate’
The actor expected the political parties to stress the idea of social justice in their agendas ahead of the state assembly elections
Washington: Aamir Khan has been felicitated with a prestigious US award in recognition of his successful effort to create debate on country’s pressing social problems through his popular TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
The 47-year-old Bollywood star was presented with the Inaugural America Abroad Media Award along with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and the International Center on Non-violent Conflict (ICNC) at a function here, which was attended by city’s who’s who, including those from the State Department, Pentagon and diplomats.
“I have no idea that how the work that we started back home would interest somehow outside India,” Aamir said in his acceptance speech.
“Me and my team are trying to do this show with love, because we feel that we are part of the problem and we are also part of the solution. And we need to find that. We need to question ourselves and look inside as opposed to pointing outside,” he said in a panel discussion post the ceremony.
It was one of the rare occasions when Aamir, who has made it a practice of not attending award shows, accepted an award.
“All my capabilities lie in the field of media and storytelling. So we try to combine our expertise and capabilities in storytelling and television and picking social issues we feel that can make a difference,” he said.
Aamir said, though it is nice to be felicitated here, he is more concerned about Indian audience. “My main aim is to really work in India and to sensitize people about issues and see that we can find solutions to our own issues back home. I am looking to talking to Indians,” he said.
Aamir said that he would like to see political parties making social justice and the needs of the common man as part of their agenda as five of the major states are going for the state assembly elections. “These are some of the things that I would like them to talk about,” he said.