Chennai: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan was among the people stranded in Karapakkam, a locality in suburban Chennai, after the neighbourhood was surrounded by water following torrential rains triggered by severe cyclonic storm Michaung. The Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services personnel rescued the actor and others on Tuesday after the rains subsided.
A photograph of Aamir Khan sitting on an inflatable boat along with other residents was shared by Tamil actor Vishnu Vishal on the micro-blogging platform X on Tuesday. “Thanks to the fire and rescue department for helping people like us who are stranded. Rescue operations have started in Karapakkam..Saw 3 boats functioning already Great work by TN govt in such testing times Thanks to all the administrative people who are working relentlessly,” Vishal, who is a resident of Karappakam posted.
In fact, it was Vishal who had on Monday sought help to be rescued. “Water is entering my house and the level is rising badly in karapakkam. I have called for help. No electricity no wifi. No phone signal. Nothing. Only on terrace at a particular point i get some signal. Lets hope i and so many here get some help. I can feel for people all over chennai,” he had said.
Based on his post, a contingent of the Fire Services was sent to Karapakkam this morning and the personnel were pleasantly surprised that Vishal was not the only celebrity to be stranded there but Aamir Khan too was among the residents.
Aamir Khan had relocated to Chennai to take care of his mother
In October last year, Aamir Khan had announced that he was relocated to Chennai to be by his mother Zeenat Hussain’s side, who is undertaking treatment in a private hospital in the city. He had said he was taking a break from his film career for his ageing mother and three children.
“When I am doing a film as an actor, I get so lost in that that nothing else happens in my life. I was supposed to do a film after Laal Singh Chaddha called Champions. It’s a wonderful script, a beautiful story, and it’s a very heartwarming and lovely film. But I feel that I want to take a break and be with my family, my mom, and my kids,” Aamir Khan had said then in Mumbai.
"Such a class human being!": TN minister
Reacting to Vishal’s post, Tamil Nadu Industries Minister TRB Rajaa asked the actor to thank Aamir Khan, for being such a class human being! “Astounding that he didn’t try to pull any strings to be rescued! Awesome to see him being so grounded and WAITING HIS TURN to be rescued just like any of our fellow citizens. Lessons for those who try to pull strings and drop names!,,” he said on X.
“Hats off to people like Thiru Khan for being sensitive to the scale of the issue at hand and patiently awaiting their turn. We will continue to stick to our Rescue Schedule,” he added.
The Minister’s reaction comes against the backdrop of another actor Vishal Reddy posting a video on X on Monday complaining about water entering his house and the lack of response from the administration.