Kolkata: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, the great grand nephew of Muslim scholar and nationalist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, on Wednesday said it is his dream to make a film on the life of the great leader.
“I hope that some day I can use my capabilities, and through the art form that I practise, to make a film on Maulana Azad. It’s a dream to bring his life to a larger populace of India,” he said at the inauguration of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest (AKLF) 2014.
The actor wished he had met the freedom fighter and read excerpts from one of Azad’s interviews in 1946.
In reference to the interview, he said he was “amazed” by Azad’s predictions, a year before India’s Independence, of the partition of the sub-continent in 1947 and the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
“I read the book he wrote and that’s how I got to know him. He came across as having an extremely progressive mind, an extremely fertile mind, a person who was balanced, a person who had justice at his core.
“When I was reading the interview, I was amazed at his clear thinking … his ability to convey in a very clear manner what he felt … his ability to predict what was going to happen hit out at me.”
Sitaram Sharma, chairman of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, extended the institute’s cooperation to Khan for his proposed film on the freedom fighter.
West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan said Azad’s views on secularism are “extremely important today” when the concept is under threat.
AKLF, running till January 13, will celebrate the secular views of Azad to coincide with his 125th birth anniversary.