Aamir Khan's late night party on Tuesday for celebs from the Hindi and Marathi film circles turned out to be a masterclass on creating awareness about water conservation
Trust Aamir Khan to be creative even in his off-the-sets pursuits. Nearly a month after launching Paani Foundation, a non-profit company focusing on creating awareness about water conservation and bringing about an outlook change at the grassroot levels, the star seems to have got down to serious business — mustering as much celebrity support as possible for the initiative.
On Tuesday night, he invited a few celebs from the Hindi and Marathi film circles to his house, but it was not a party per se (View Photos). It was more like an episode of his TV talk show 'Satyamev Jayate' playing out.
A source, who was present at the party, says, "Aamir's foundation is not in need of finance; he has already got corporate backing. What he wants is for more and more people to be involved in his initiative so that better awareness can be created. Around 60 film and theatre personalities came over to his place to pledge their support."
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Aamir along with Satyajit Bhatkal, creator of 'Satyamev Jayate', had come up with the water conservation plan — Paani Foundation — which received an official stamp last month. It was in response to the acute water scarcity in the state which has led hundreds of farmers to end their lives.
The Tuesday night gathering included Bollywood A-listers Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rajkumar Hirani, Riteish Deshmukh and a host of Marathi film celebs.
Aamir's filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao and ex wife Reena Dutta, who is the COO of Paani Foundation, were also present.
A big screen had been put up to showcase recent footage of the water situation in the state's rural pockets for the guests to understand the severity of the crisis.
The star had also called over a panel of experts to explain the nitty gritty of water management and drought mitigation.
"Atul Kulkarni, who has been part of a similar session earlier, spoke about his experience. Ritesh enthusiastically hurled pertinent questions at the experts. Veteran actress Reema Lagoo also seemed quite involved throughout the session," adds the source.
Reena Dutta. Pics/Manav Manglani
Aamir's party-cum-masterclass is definitely a step in the right direction. Kudos!