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24 Oct 2008, 0000 hrs IST, ASHWINI DESHMUKH , TNN
When Aamir Khan's look in his upcoming film Ghajini was released yesterday, little did anyone know that his picture with rippled muscles would turn
A source said, "One of the assistant directors of Ghajini wrote a random number as a temporary tattoo on Aamir's body. The pictures of Aamir were then printed in the newspaper. However, the number happened to be a lady's number, who has nothing to do with either Aamir or the film. She woke up yesterday morning on receiving several calls asking for Aamir Khan. Initially, she wondered why she was getting calls from strangers.
She realised what was happening only after she saw her number sketched on Aamir's bicep in the newspaper."
Fed up with the unwanted calls, the lady called up the newspaper office to air her grievances, saying that she was an ordinary citizen, working at a reputed place and had been going through hell since morning. Finally, she had to switch off her phone to stop the calls from bothering her.
When contacted, Aamir said, "I really regret the inconvenience caused to the lady whose number was tattooed on my arm. Today, I received over 900 SMSes regarding my Ghajini look. I had to clean up my inbox three times since morning. I empathise with her as I can imagine what she must have gone through."
The producer of Ghajini, Madhu Varma said, "One of the assistant directors wrote down a random number for the tattoo. We didn't know that it would be so prominent and we didn't foresee any such consequences. We will apologise to the lady and offer her a new phone connection." Giving the lady a new number seems to be the best solution because the same picture will be used in hoardings all over the country.
A source from the production unit said, "The problem will escalate as the same picture will be turned into life-size posters, which will be put in theatres all across India. The phone number will be more prominent once it's on the hoardings."
When we called, Dr Surekha, she said, "It was maddening, ever since I woke up to these non-stop crazy calls asking for Aamir, Anthony... I had to switch off my phone. How can anyone just use my number like that, without my knowledge, forget my consent."
Aamir and Madhu were apologetic and regretted the inconvenience. They said that they would like to offer her a new number. Surekha accepted that and said, "I am fine if they have a new number for me, I can't continue with this number anymore."
In the film, Aamir plays a man who loses his memory after every 15 minutes because of which he writes everything that he needs to remember on his body for quick reference.
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