On August 16, 2020, Turkish First Lady Emine Erdoğan met with Bollywood’s renowned artist Aamir Khan at the Presidential Residence in Istanbul. Being a meeting that was requested by Khan, the central topic of discussion remained the social projects that both parties were overseeing in respect to their civic responsibilities for the betterment of their societies.
As on one hand, Erdoğan has been a major contributor to the ‘Zero Waste Project’ launched in 2017, she was brought up to date about the various initiatives, including ‘The Water Foundation’ that Aamir Khan has set up in the drought-affected areas of India along with his wife.
Not only that, the Bollywood actor and director also showed great interest, enthusiasm and support towards the humanitarian projects that are set to aid the locals in Turkey and are currently being led by the First Lady herself.
Being in Turkey to do the location scouting for his upcoming movie ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ the actor expressed his views on the similarities that the Indian and Turkish cultures held together. He said that while the closely knit Indian family structure shows great resemblance to that of Turkey’s, the congruency in language also aids to bring the two cultures closer than they have always been. Moreover, the presence of rich traditional roots and practices in both areas also remained a topic of discussion at the Huber Residence in Istanbul.
Erdoğan also appreciated the content of Khan’s movies that usually revolve around social aspects of the world that need keen attention from everyone. His movies not only serve as a source of entertainment for the locals but are also celebrated internationally for raising sensitive and important social issues that have been deeply rooted in every corner of the world in one way or another. Be it talking about a heart-wrenching act such as suicide, unrest due to religious conflict, or even women empowerment, Khan’s movies have always been able to stay at the top of the charts while portraying societal issues that are present widely but ignored greatly throughout the globe.
Emine Erdogan’s official tweet about her meeting with Aamir Khan
For those of you who still don’t know much about Aamir Khan’s next film, Laal Singh Chaddha is an official adaptation of the 1994’s Hollywood classic ‘Forrest Gump’ that had Tom Hanks in the lead role. Known as the perfectionist in Bollywood, Aamir Khan will be seen in various avatars as the protagonist’s character is based on his personal life journey and how the film will shed light on important events from the Indian History including the controversial case of Babri Masjid and the rise of India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Being individuals who have been playing their part in working for the welfare of the society either through the entertainment industry or civic engaging programs, both Erdoğan and Khan shared their mutual beliefs of making the world a better place for anyone and everyone. Their will and commitment towards tackling social issues and providing sustainable resources for humanitarian aid not only seem magnificent, but also set an example for everyone around them to work for the betterment of the place they call home too.
And helping others alone is exactly what this world needs to learn. So, there are chances that both gems from the world of Muslims might collaborate soon for a big initiative that potentially might improve the lives of Indians and Turkish along with better Diplomatic relations of both the countries.
Are you excited about Aamir Khan’s upcoming film? It’s definitely taking some interesting turns and looks likely to be a blockbuster!