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Producer Ahmed Khan and lead actor Shahid Kapoor have donated school utilities used for their film to three schools that needed them

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 31, 2009)

Although choreographer-turned-producer Ahmed Khan’s Paathshala’s shooting is over, the props used for the film’s shooting are still in use. Ahmed and Shahid Kapoor, the film’s lead actor, donated the props used for the film – school bags, notebooks, benches and stationery to three needy schools teaching underprivileged children. The film is directed by Milind Ukey.

Paathshala deals with contemporary and socially relevant issues regarding children’s education. Ahmed had erected a massive set of a school at Film City where classrooms, dormitories, the principal’s cabin, staff rooms, huge corridors, a basket ball court, garden, assembly hall, music room and canteen were recreated.

Ahmed says, “We had several benches, school uniforms, school bags, notebooks and stationery that we used for the film. After the shooting, we decided to donate all these basic school utility items to the underprivileged kids studying in schools.”

The items have been donated to two schools in Mumbai, one in Malad and the other in Malvani and a third school (a nursery), on the outskirts of Pune.

“We had several children acting in our film. Some were child actors who auditioned for the part, while others were underprivileged kids from the slums. It was because of the latter that we decided to help the needy schools. Apart from the benches that we made for the film, we made some more benches at our cost and donated them as well. Why not help them out in our small way by providing basic infrastructure?” adds Ahmed. The film also stars Ayesha Takia and Nana Patekar.

CANDID TALK: Salman Khan with mum Salma and Farah Khan
Salman Khan appears with mum Salma on Farah Khan’s new chat show starting tonight


Farah Khan’s production house Three’s Company is all set with her first show Tere Mere Beach Mein on Star Plus which features Salman Khan and mother Salma in its first episode.

“The show takes a topic that is sometimes socially relevant, sometimes fun and at all times relatable to the audience,” says an excited Farah of TMBM that entertains in a candid and funny manner and at times gets extremely emotional. “Our first episode has a topic ‘Mamma’s Boys’ where we talk about our nation’s obsession with the ‘mother’! We have Salman and his absolutely adorable mum, Salma aunty. And, a mamma’s boy of another kind, a common man whose mother sacrificed her operation money for, and how he is struggling to get her treated. This man’s wife feels like the third party in this mother-son relationship.”

So, what really got the choreographer-director interested in a chat show of this kind? “I didn’t want just another celeb show. I
mean Simi (Grewal) and Karan (Johar) have done it all and done it brilliantly, so how was this one to be any different,” asks Farah. So her main aim was to involve normal, middle-class people in her show. “That’s because in a case of inverted/reverse snobbery, in an industry that endorses glamour and over-rated materialism, I do claim to have middle-class values. I have come up the hard way and buying a purse costing more than a lakh is something my system doesn’t absorb. So if you see me with a designer bag, it has been gifted to me, more often than not by Karan! I personally do the grocery shopping in the local supermarket and, yes, I repeat my clothes,” laughs Farah. Watch Sallu with his mom open up to vivacious host Farah Khan at 9 pm tonight on Star Plus.


• Despite the macho image of somebody who lives on his own terms, deep inside you are still a mamma’s boy, aren’t you?

• You’re forward-thinking but dislike women wearing revealing clothes. Is that because you want to keep your mother happy?

• Is it true that you don’t sign cheques and your parents handle your finances?

• When was the last time you got a beating from your parents?