New Delhi: School children in the Capital who had assembled at Vigyan Bhawan for the launch of government`s school sanitation programme had an unusual visitor - filmstar Aamir Khan.
Khan was declared the brand ambassador of the programme, jointly launched by the Urban Development and Human Resource ministries, CBSE and an NGO, GTZ.
He was the star attraction of the over 2-hour long function and answered queries raised by the students along with the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy.
Sibal lauded Khan for the social message depicted in his films - `Tare Zameen par` and `Three Idiots` and appreciated the actor for accepting the brand ambassadorship of the programme, which he described as extremely important.
The actor enthralled the audience when he recalled that as a school student the toilets in his school were so dirty that he used to take a full breath, then relieve himself and walked out taking the second breath only after leaving the loo.
A student asked the actor, who had played the role of a teacher in `Tare Zameen par` whether he felt any similar embarrassing moments on the sets of the film.
Khan replied he had acquired a vanity van with toilet facilities, adding, he ensured that whenever there was a shooting for a film, the entire garbage is removed after the shoot.
Another student asked the award winning actor whether sanitation was depicted properly in his film `Three Idiots` in which some of the characters were shown to be urinating in public.
"I have got your message...I will pass it on to my friends in the film industry," he quipped.
To another question, Khan said right from the time children are born, we try to make them competitive forcing the child to think that he has to succeed by hook or by crook.
"We should instead ask them did they bring smile to the face of a person in a particular day. When these children become adults, they would be the harbingers of change," he said.
The actor also read a pledge on sanitation to the students and others present in the function. The school children followed him in the pledge.
"I am proud and happy to be associated with the national school sanitation initiative. I will lead by example as a brand ambassador," he said.