It was a 2-hour stopover in Patna for Aamir Khan. But he won more hearts in those two hours than Shah Rukh Khan did on that seriously botched-up visit to promote Don 2 in Patna last December.
Confirming his proximity to the grassroots Aamir swept in to Patna post-noon interacted with local people and left by late afternoon by road to attend his friend's wedding in Varanasi.
Aamir was on the way to attend the wedding of a Varanasi autorickshaw driver Ram Lakhan's son. Ram Lakhan had travelled to Mumbai to personally invite Aamir.
Says a member of his entourage, "Aamir had never visited Patna. He took a flight from Mumbai to Patna, mingled with the locals for two hours and then left by car to reach his friend's son's wedding the same evening."
In Patna he took time off to stop at a roadside dhaba to have the Bihari delicacy litti-chokha. The incredulous and ecstatic food vendor served Aamir a plate filled with 5 large littis. Aamir had two litti. He then requested the litti-wallah to let him take the remaining three littis to eat in the car.
Aamir then sped away on the highway from Patna to Varanasi with the promise of returning to the Bihar capital in the near future.