Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has urged the people of India and especially the drought-hit Maharashtra state to use less water this Holi, or not use water at all. Aamir, while speaking to the media on March 14 on his birthday, made a special request to his fans to save water on Holi 2016. The festival of colours that is unique to India is celebrated with much fervour. However, when using varnish and paint on the body along with dry colour, it becomes difficult to remove it and gallons of water is wasted every year. Aamir supported the thought of a Dry Holi this time.

The actor-filmmaker had recently announced his tie-up with the Maharashtra government for water conservation in rural areas of the state. Aamir along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as well as 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and industrialist Kumarmangalam Birla had revealed plans for the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup at a press conference in February 2016. (MUST READ: Aamir Khan and Maharashtra government to solve water crisis together: All you need to know about Paani Foundation scheme and Satyamev Jayate Cup)

The water conservation initiative by Aamir Khan is part of his Paani Foundation that he has built with the participation of his wife Kiran Rao. The actor’s ex-wife Reena Dutta is the chief operating officer (COO) of the Paani Foundation, while Satyajit Bhatkal, the director of Aamir’s television chat show Satyamev Jayate, is the chief executive officer (CEO). (ALSO SEE: Aamir Khan birthday special: Top 7 unusual films of the superstar to watch on his special day)

The Satyamev Jayate team has already begun work on the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup in three talukas of Maharashtra, where various villagers are being trained in water conservation. Aamir Khan will be travelling to the various rural areas of Maharashtra for Satyamev Jayate Water Cup in April 2016. Let’s all honour his request to have a Dry Holi this time (dry colours, we mean)! Aamir Khan flaunts new look on 51st birthday, wears son Azad’s painting on T-shirt! (See pics & video)