Aamir Khan meets fan with genetic disorder, leaves him 'optimistic'

Nihal wanted to meet Aamir and thank him for 'Taare Zameen Par', a film which gave him courage


IANS December 25, 2015
Nihal wanted to meet Aamir and thank him for 'Taare Zameen Par', a film which gave him courage. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

A few days ago, a young fan expressed his wish to meet Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan through Facebook page Humans of Bombay. This fan is different from the actor's other fans -- Nihal Bitla has a rare genetic disorder, progeria.

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The post mentioned that Nihal wanted to meet the PK star and thank him for his film Taare Zameen Par (2007), which gave him courage.

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When Aamir came across the request, he shared the post on his Facebook page and said he would love to meet the young fan.

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And it seems like the actor made Nihal's "dream come true"! Aamir met his eager fan and gifted him goodies. Nihal says the Taare Zameen Par star made him feel "optimistic" about life.

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"Thank you Aamir uncle for making my dream come true. Your Taare Zameen Par always inspired me to face adverse situations and I always knew that one day I will meet you," the post says.

Young Nihal also gifted Aamir a drawing of lord Ganesha, a gesture which the actor appreciated. They even posed together for a picture with Aamir holding the drawing in one hand.

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"I am feeling very optimistic and positive about life. I am sure you will help spread word of Progeria Research Foundation to identify 60 more kids like me in India so that they can get the right treatment. Thanks again for taking out time for me and my family," the post read.

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Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disorder wherein symptoms resembling aspects of ageing are manifested at a very early age. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's role as Auro in Paa was reflective of this disease -- which brought the condition to mainstream knowledge.

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