Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat presented the Vishesh Puraskar to Aamir Khan for his performance of a retired Haryanavi wrestler in Nitesh Tiwari’s sports biopic from last year, Dangal. He played the role of Mahavir Phogat, former wrestler who trained his daughters Geeta and Babita in wrestling.
Aamir Khan has always refused to attend award shows. He did not even appear at the Filmfare Awards earlier this year when he was awarded in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category.
However, the actor made an exception for veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar when he agreed to receive a special award at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards.
In a report in India times Aamir boycotted award shows after 1993 when he lost the Best Actor in a Leading Role award to Anil Kapoor. The latter reportedly bribed to fetch the award for his family drama, Indra Kumar’s Beta. Aamir felt that his sports drama, Mansoor Khan’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander was a superior film and was left disillusioned.
Lata Mangeshkar said, “I know he doesn’t collect awards. But he has made an exception for us. Aamir is indeed one of my favourite actors. Though we don’t meet any more I know there is enormous mutual respect between us.”