Actor Saif Ali Khan recalls that the late former President, APJ Abdul Kalam wanted the film industry to use its influence to inspire people. “He wanted us movie stars to use our popularity to inspire the less-educated and less-fortunate people in our country, particularly in the rural areas,” remembers Saif, who received his National Film Award for Best Actor from the late President, for his film Hum Tum (2004).
He says that the former president recognised the impact the film industry has on the masses. “He was a kind and brilliant man, and a man of vision. He wished that films be used for something more (than just entertainment) … something meaningful,” says Saif.
Sharing more about his interaction with the late President, the 44-year-old actor says, “His achievements in science and education are well-known, but an amazing thing about him was that he inspired everyone to touch lives. And that is what he wanted actors to do as well, inspire others.”