Gujarat quake was a ’saddening sight’, says Aamir KhanBy ANI
Thursday, January 27, 2011
LONDON - Bollywood star Aamir Khan has opened up about the horrors he witnessed after the earthquake that devastated Gujarat a decade ago.he 7.9 magnitude quake killed more than 20,000 people and destroyed 400,000 homes.
Recalling the horror, Aamir said he went into complete shock when he learnt that a very big earthquake had hit his “friends” in Bhuj.
The quake, which occurred on 26 January 2001, had its epicentre near Bhuj in Kutch district - the same town where he shot the Oscar-nominated film Lagaan.
The “scared and panicked” actor thought, “Who out of these hundreds of people, had survived?”
Aamir said it was a saddening sight, reports the BBC. “I was going to meet people whose lives and homes had been destroyed. People who had lost everything they had. How would I meet them and reach out to them? I was traumatized,” he said.
“We went back to the place we’d lived, but the building had collapsed. Bhuj was still in very bad shape, the market place, homes, buildings were destroyed. A lot of cleaning up had happened, but so much more needed to be done.It made me realize what they’ve been through,” he said. (ANI)