Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan recently shared a lengthy note for her trainer Nupur Shikhare, who is also known as Popeye, on Thursday. She remembered how her trainer “changed” her life and shared a couple of pictures and video featuring herself and Nupur Shikhare.

Ira wrote: “See my happy glowing face? Let me tell you why. (It may not be very happy and glowing but that’s because 4-5 years ago, I didn’t take too many pictures. So it’s a cheat picture.) This post is long pending. This is going to sound cheesy and corny and maybe a little creepy but if you have/have had a trainer who’s changed your life in small ways for the big way… You’ll get it. There are very few people in life who make you a full point happier… Popeye does it for me without trying. Just existing. Leaving the country for college or a long holiday meant ‘oh shit, I’ll miss my boyfriend (if I had one), oh shit, I’ll miss my workouts with Popeye, oh shit, I’ll miss my pets’ and then the rest followed. And all this is before I got him to know as a friend. That’s a whole other post altogether.”

Ira Khan signed off her post with a special note for her trainer: “Nupur Shikhare, I know it doesn’t seem like I feel these things anymore and think them. I’ve completely dropped the ball. For 3 years at least. Thanks for not giving up on me. But I promise I’ll be back soon. Must give Saha competition as your favorite/best student.”

Ira is the younger of Aamir Khan’s two children with his first wife Reena Dutta. She made her directorial debut with a theatrical edition of Euripides’ Medea, which featured Hazel Keech in the ostensible role.


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Joydev Mishra


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