'Thank you Aamir uncle!'

As Bollywood actor Aamir Khan meets fan with progeria, the 14-year-old thanks Khan for making him feel optimistic about life

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan made a “dream come true” for Nihal Bitla, who is suffering from rare genetic disorder progeria, by meeting him.

The youngster, who received goodies galore from the Bollywood actor-producer, says the Taare Zameen Par star made him feel “optimistic” about life.

Khan met Bitla following a Facebook post, where it was mentioned that the latter wanted to meet the PK star and thank him for the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par, which gave him courage. Thereafter, Khan shared that he was keen to meet his 14-year-old special fan, and he ensured they met.

Post their meet, a Facebook page in the name of Team Nihal Bitla posted with multiple images of Bitla and Khan, “Thank you Aamir uncle for making my dream come true. Your Taare Zameen Par always inspired me to face adverse situations and I was always knew that one day I will meet you.”

Bitla even gifted Khan a drawing of lord Ganesha, which the actor is said to have appreciated. They even posed together holding each other close, with the drawing in Khan’s hand.

“Hope you will always keep it with you,” the post read further.

“I am feeling very optimistic and positive about life. I am sure you will help spread the word for the Progeria Research Foundation to identify 60 more children like me in India so that they can get the right treatment. Thanks again for making the time available for me and my family so quickly,” the post read.

Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disorder wherein symptoms resembling aspects of ageing are manifested at a very early age.