Aamir Khan: Make sports integral part of school curriculum

Written by PTI | Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 6 2014, 02:45am hrs
Concerned over children not participating in outdoor activities, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan today strongly lobbied for making sports an integral part of school curriculum in the country.

Interacting with media here after the airing of the first episode of the new season of 'Satyamev Jayate', the 49-year-old actor said, "Our children have the right to be taught sports as they are taught Maths or English.

"There is a strong need to reach out to children of weaker sections of society for teaching them sports. Sports should be made integral part of curriculum of main education."

On the habit of new age children interested in indoor games, Aamir said, "It frightens me that children play alone and are cut off from the rest of the world. Outdoor games help in connecting with people."

The 'Dhoom 3 ' star said that intake of drugs by the youth is also a matter of concern.

"We will come out with an episode in future to keep children away from drugs," he said.

Talking about 'Satyamev Jayate', the actor said, "I am not the hero of the show. I get you introduced to the hero, the people who have been doing good things in their life."

Aamir said that the issue-based show has had an impact on the society and government in different states, including Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra which have taken decisions like distribution of generic medicines free to poor and raising the sex ratio.

He admitted that there is a need to highlight certain issues concerning Bollywood as well.

Aamir said that each individual had a capacity to do something and must contribute towards bringing change in the country.

"If I can't solve any problem that does not mean I sit idle, keep quiet and become a fence sitter. This country belongs to all...contribution from everybody is needed for bringing a change," he said.

Aamir ruled out any plan to join politics, saying, "I enjoy my work."