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Big nite with Big A

What can I say about Aamir Khan' He is the Big A of the industry.'

That, kind of, summed up the awe and admiration the winners of The Telegraph Ticket to the Stars promotion, at the Oberoi Grand on Saturday night, had for the small man with a towering presence.

Aamir spent a good hour and more with 20 couples chosen to dine with the hero on the basis of their SMS entries, making their hour-and-a-half wait well worth it. Watching Dil Chahta Hai was an entertaining diversion till then, but their evening began at 9.45 pm when the star of Mangal Pandey ' The Rising walked through the Ballroom door.

With Mangala mangala playing in the background, fans young and old rushed forward, cameras, camera phones, paper and pen in hand. After the first flush of frenzy, the ceremony began.

'It's a pleasure to be here in Calcutta....,' said Aamir, followed by Toby Stephens and Ketan Mehta, before the winners were invited up on stage to get their photographs clicked and autograph books signed.

As Aamir smiled and chatted with every eager fan, the more enthusiastic seized the moment, grabbed the mike and praised the star to the August skies.

And by the time Aamir bid adieu close to 11 pm, he had given the hundred-odd guests a night to talk about for years.

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