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Special honour to represent India at Oscars: Aamir Khan

Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 17:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Aamir Khan is on the top of the world these days. His film `Peepli Live`, a political satire on the issue of farmers` suicides, has been chosen as India’s official entry at the Oscars, and the Bollywood star says it`s a "special honour" to represent the country.

"I`m really happy to hear that `Peepli Live` has been chosen to represent India at the Oscars. It is always a special honour for me to represent India on a world platform and I would like to thank the Film Federation of India (FFI) for considering us worthy," Aamir said in a press statement.

`Peepli Live` is former journalist Anusha Rizvi`s debut film as director and does not boast of big stars.

"My congratulations to Anusha and the entire team," added Aamir.

This is the third time that a film with which Aamir is associated has been chosen to contend for the best foreign film award at the Oscars by the FFI.

The first was Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2001 film `Lagaan`, featuring Aamir in the lead, which was nominated among the best five in the best foreign film category. But it lost the honour to `No Man’s Land`.

In 2008, his production and debut directorial `Taare Zameen Par` was chosen by the FFI as India’s official entry for the Academy Award, but it failed to make it to the top five.