New Delhi: British Prime Minister David Cameron today launched his charm offensive when he met young students of a women's college in the national capital by taking time off his diplomatic assignments and had none other than Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for company.
Three hundred-odd students at the Janki Devi Memorial College in Central Delhi could not believe their ears and went on cheering as their lecturers announced that Mr Cameron and the actor would be interacting with them in a few minutes.
The students, who waited for almost four hours, did not know that David Cameron was the "VVIP" and Aamir Khan was the "big star" who would be calling on them at their college.
The programme, kept a secret till the last minute, saw 46-year-old British Prime Minister and Aamir Khan, a year older to him, walking into the auditorium of the college at 4 pm and spending nearly 45 minutes going around the hall and interacting with the students.
Mr Cameron, dressed in a blue suit, and Aamir, clad in a sweat shirt and a black blazer, fielded questions from students who wanted to know why the society was biased towards women.
Mr Cameron and Aamir smiled all along their interaction giving answers to each of their questions. The gleaming students almost jostled each other to shake hands and pose for photographs with the two who obliged them.
"Why is there always a discrimination against woman?" this was the first question posed to Aamir.
"The root cause of the problem is in patriarchal thinking that men are stronger, better and superior. If we have to progress as a nation then we should stop killing girl child," the actor replied.
The girl students asked only about women's issues and did not touch on corruption and other matters, he told reporters later.
Students waved hands asking their guests to come and sit next to them and they obliged too.
"Let me make it absolutely clear that in Britain, we have introduced an anti-bribery legislation that is probably the strongest anywhere in the world and will root out any problem of bribery or corruption whenever and wherever they appear," Mr Cameron said.