Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and governor of West Bengal, MK Naraynan, were present at the Victoria Memorial Grounds in Kolkata on Wednesday 8 January 2014, to inaugurate the Apeejay Kolkata literary festival on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of freedom fighter, Muslim scholar and nationalist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. They also launched a book based on the life of the freedom fighter.
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2014 is the fifth edition of the six day long fest, from 8 January to 13 January. The literarty forum is first of its kind to be created by a bookstore. The 2014 Literary fest will pay tribute to the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, and focus on values and literary concerns dear to his heart. The festival motif this year highlights the 'white lotus', representing knowledge and enlightenment and the fish which is identified with the city and its bond with the festival.
While addressing the audience at the event, Aamir Khan said that it was his dream to make a film on the life of Maulana Azad, “I hope that, some day I can use the capabilities that I have and the art form that I have practiced, to make a film on Maulana Azad. That is my dream, and one day I hope to be able to do that and bring his life to the larger populous of India,” said Aamir as reported by NNIS.
The actor who is the great grand nephew of Maulana Azad, revealed that it was Azad who convinced his uncle Nassir hussain to listen to his heart and join the film industry, at that time when everyone was against his decision to join the films. “He was only person who supported me and said, just do what your heart says, and don't listen to anyone. Ironically it is the theme of one of my films, i.e. 'Three idiots',” said Aamir.