I admire Aamir Khan's work for society: Tom Hanks

Published: October 9, 2012

Few celebrities take the initiative of coming forward to change the society, says Hanks. PHOTO: AFP / FILE

Hollywood star Tom Hanks read about Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s work for the Indian society, and is mightily impressed. He says “giving back” (to the society) is tough.

Hanks, whose new film Cloud Atlas is releasing in Indian theatres Oct 26, read about Aamir in the Sep 10 issue of the prestigious Time magazine, in which he was positioned as India’s “first superstar-activist”.

“I really admire the work that Aamir Khan is doing (in India). Very few celebrities take the initiative of coming forward to change the society and he has done a remarkable job,” Hanks said in a statement.

Aamir awakened several television viewers with his small screen debut, Satyamev Jayate, a show through which he brought several social issues like female foeticide and dowry to the fore, backed by statistics. Hanks feels it is all a part of giving back to the people, who give artists so much love.

“It’s the ‘giving-back’ that’s tough. Aamir seems to understand the influencing power of being a celebrity and is using it to act as a catalyst for change in society, something that definitely deserves both appreciation and support from all quarters,” said Hanks.

The Forrest Gump actor will feature with Halle Berry and Hugh Grant in Cloud Atlas, co-directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Rana
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:54AM

    Both great actors have similarities in appearance as well as quality of work!

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  • ethicalman
    Oct 9, 2012 - 12:10PM

    aah Forrest Gump..what a grt film..even Aamir liked that film so much…

    Although in 1991 similar bollywood film was screened..the film ‘Eeshwar’ ..with Anil Kapoor playing in the lead..and it was directed by a south Indian guy..Forrest Gump came in 1994…and Tom Hanks won the best actor oscar for two consecutive years (93 for ‘Philadelphia’)..

    One of my fav actor Tom Hanks..even Aamir is good..but he is too opinionated..and that annoys me..

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  • curious
    Oct 9, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Aamir Khan is definitely great but I wish he would stop dyeing his hair. Natural hair colour is the best.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Oct 9, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Aamir Khan has been copying Tom Hanks for a long time, especially in appearances.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 9, 2012 - 4:49PM

    Amir Khan is the real hero, both on and off screen in India. He brought out the social evils and burning issues adversely affecting India on TV with great success and won appreciation from all sects of the society. We need honest people like him in Indian politics and hope that a political party offers him a seat in Parliament soon.

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