1 Updates
Aamir Khan gets US honour for tackling social issues
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Aamir Khan gets US honour for tackling social issues

Oct 29 2013, 8:28am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 29 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has been honoured with a prestigious US award in recognition of his successful effort to create debate on India's pressing social problems through his popular TV show "Satyamev Jayate".

Washington, Oct 29 — Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has been honoured with a prestigious US award in recognition of his successful effort to create debate on India's pressing social problems through...

Filed under: news

Full Story below YouTube Videos

 
 

 

25 weeks ago

Aamir Khan gets US honour for tackling social issues

Oct 29 2013, 8:28am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 29 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has been honoured with a prestigious US award in recognition of his successful effort to create debate on India's pressing social problems through his popular TV show "Satyamev Jayate".

Washington, Oct 29 — Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has been honoured with a prestigious US award in recognition of his successful effort to create debate on India's pressing social problems through his popular TV show "Satyamev Jayate".

Khan, 47, was presented with the Inaugural America Abroad Media Award along with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and the International Centre on Non-violent Conflict (ICNC) at a function here Monday night.

Launched in 2012, the Sunday morning show "Satyamev Jayete", tackles some of India's most pressing social problems - forced abortions of unborn girls; domestic violence; child sexual abuse; alcoholism and treatment of the elderly.

"I have no idea how the work that we started back home would interest somehow outside India," said Aamir Khan accepting the award in person making a rare exception to his practice of not attending award shows.

"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 after the ceremony.

Aamir Khan, who was accompanied by his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao, said he is working on the next season of the show, which became so popular at home that it propelled him on to the cover of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People In the World issue this year.

"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.

Khan screened the foetal infanticide episode Sunday night at hotel for a small audience whose members audibly gasped as several women told their gruesome stories, according to the Washington Post.

Aamir Khan 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 sensitise 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.

In the coming election season, Aamir Khan said he would like to see political parties making social justice and the needs of the common man as part of their agenda.

When asked by a Pakistani journalist whether he would work for a Pakistani film, Aamir Khan answered in the affirmative. "I am a creative person. Whenever I receive an offer from any part of the world, which is of interest to me, I would like to do that."

"The culture of India and Pakistan are the same. Our language is the same. There is a lot of similarities among us. So indeed if there is any offer of a film from Pakistan, and I like the script, I would certainly like to do that," he said.

Bigelow, the other winner, is the director of "Hurt Locker", a 2008 American war film about a three-man bomb disposal team during the Iraq War, and "Zero Dark Thirty", where she chronicled America's decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden. She is the only woman to have won an Oscar for Best Director, for "Hurt Locker".

Founded by Peter Ackerman, the ICNC produces award-winning documentaries on the role of non-violent resistance in promoting democratic change.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Mariah Carey spends $47,000-a-year on dog grooming
Mariah Carey spends $47,000-a-year on dog grooming
Mariah Carey spends $47,000-a year-grooming her pet dogs. The '#Beautiful' hitmaker - who is worth around $487 million - regularly pampers her eight pet pooches by booking them into canine salons and gets them the best...
 
 
Model files $11m lawsuit against 50 Cent
Model files $11m lawsuit against 50 Cent
50 Cent has been hit with an $11 million lawsuit from a model who has accused him of ruining her career. Sally Ferreira claims the 38-year-old rapper lost her work and caused her emotional distress by branding her a "...
 
 
Johnny Depp buys Amber Heard Ernest Hemingway book for birthday
Johnny Depp buys Amber Heard Ernest Hemingway book for birthday
Johnny Depp splashed out $210,000 on a limited-edition book for Amber Heard's birthday. The 50-year-old actor forked out on the massive sum on a rare Ernest Hemingway short story collection called 'In Our Time' to mark...
 
 
Bryan Singer blasts 'sick and twisted' abuse claims
Bryan Singer blasts 'sick and twisted' abuse claims
Bryan Singer has hit back at "sick and twisted" claims he sexually abused a 15-year-old boy. The 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' director has broken his silence on a lawsuit filed last week by Michael F. Egan, 31, who...
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Mariah Carey spends $47,000-a-year on dog grooming
Mariah Carey spends $47,000-a year-grooming her pet dogs. The '#Beautiful' hitmaker - who is worth around $487 million - regularly pampers her eight pet pooches by booking them into canine salons and gets them the best...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Model files $11m lawsuit against 50 Cent
50 Cent has been hit with an $11 million lawsuit from a model who has accused him of ruining her career. Sally Ferreira claims the 38-year-old rapper lost her work and caused her emotional distress by branding her a "...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Johnny Depp buys Amber Heard Ernest Hemingway book for birthday
Johnny Depp splashed out $210,000 on a limited-edition book for Amber Heard's birthday. The 50-year-old actor forked out on the massive sum on a rare Ernest Hemingway short story collection called 'In Our Time' to mark...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Cover Oregon board to decide exchange's future
DURHAM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is set to make a final decision on whether to become the first state in the nation to drop its problem-plagued online health exchange and link up with the federal website. Cover...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Payback Is Forever: Tax Refund Offset Law Remains On The Books
Just before Tax Day, a story in the Washington Post had folks talking about debt repayment. It’s something we don’t like to talk about in this country very much which is perhaps why it was newsworthy in the first place...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Best Weapon In The War On Cancer? Hint: Your Mom Told You When You Were Three
The answer, of course, is learning how to share. In medicine, the question is when, and how, to share data. The hope (and hype) of Big Data is that massive datasets can help researchers and companies slice and dice...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Final Details Before Microsoft/Nokia Closing
At the very last minute, as the Microsoft purchase of Nokia’s Device and Services activities is about set to close,  some questions remain about what will happen with Nokia’s manufacturing capacity in India.  The...
Read more on Business Balla
 
How Private Capital Is Restoring U.S. Wetlands
Wetlands are vibrant ecosystems that provide critical wildlife habitat, storm protection and water filtration. Between the mid-1950s and the mid-1970s, natural processes and human activities resulted in the net loss of...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Federal Government To Take Over Oregon's State-based Exchange, First Of Many?
The Washington Post is reporting that the federal government is in talks to take over the Oregon health exchange. This news comes after many failed attempts at launching state-based exchanges, with more than 25% of the...
Read more on Business Balla
 
The NCAA May Just Have Solved Its Relationship With College Athletes
The NCAA is modeled after a traditional for-profit corporation. It is governed by a board of directors. Instead of business executives, the board is composed of university presidents. Both set policy and overall...
Read more on Business Balla
 
 
Auto Balla Sexy Balla Sport Balla TV Balla Politics Balla Movie Balla Apple Balla Business Balla Ad Balla Celebrity Balla