‘Kalam wanted us to in­spire peo­ple’

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Ac­tor Saif Ali Khan re­calls that the late for­mer Pres­i­dent, APJ Ab­dul Kalam wanted the film in­dus­try to use its in­flu­ence to in­spire peo­ple. “He wanted us movie stars to use our pop­u­lar­ity to in­spire the less-ed­u­cated and less-for­tu­nate peo­ple in our coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in the ru­ral ar­eas,” re­mem-mbers Saif, who re­ceived his Na­tion­alal Film Award for Bestt Ac­tor from the late Pres­i­dent, for his film Hum Tum (2004).

He says that the for­mer pres­i­dent recog­nised the im­pact the film in­dus­try has on the masses. “He was a kind and bril­liant man, and a man of vi­sion. He wished that films be used for some­thing more (than just en­ter­tain­ment) ... some­thing mean­ing­ful,” says Saif.

Shar­ing more about his in­ter­ac­tion with the late Pres­i­dent, the 44-year-old ac­tor says, “His achieve­ments in science and ed­u­ca­tion are well-known, but an amaz­ing thing about him was that he inspired ev­ery­one to touch lives. And that is what he wanted ac­tors to do as well, in­spire oth­ers.”

He wished that films be used for some­thing mean­ing­ful

Saif Ali Khan, ac­tor

Saif Ali Khan (R) re­ceiv­ing the Na­tional Award from for­mer Pres­i­dent APJ Ab­dul Kalam in 2004

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