Aamir Khan's grand gesture only for grandmaster Viswanathan Anand
Aamir Khan's aversion towards award ceremonies is well known, although he had made an exception for the prestigious Oscars in 2001 when his film 'Lagaan' was contending for the Best Foreign Film honour. We have also seen the star at award galas for charitable purposes. And who can forget an annual journalist awards ceremony in New Delhi last year where Aamir stirred up a hornet's nest with his remarks on intolerance?
Viswanathan Anand and Aamir Khan
Now we hear the star has decided to put his reservations against felicitation ceremonies aside for someone he greatly admires. The star has agreed to be present at an upcoming event in Mumbai where chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand will be honoured.
Says a source, "Aamir was approached by the organisers keeping in mind his interest in the game. There was also another big reason. Vishy Anand is someone he has great regards for and whose achievements he finds mind boggling."
The star, who is currently in the US, is scheduled to return to the city this weekend. Aamir's spokesperson confirms that he has given his nod to the organisers.
The star considers himself not only a lover of the sport, but feels he can make his mark on the chessboard as well. Last year in May, Mr Perfectionist had played a game with the chess champ.
When he realised that a terrible loss was upon him, he quickly surrendered. The match barely lasted for 30 minutes. During the event, Anand had stated that Aamir understood the game of 64 squares well and had come prepared for his moves.