Happy Birthday Aamir Khan: “Mr Perfectionist” Aamir Khan has proved himself to be one of the most versatile and successful movie stars in the history of Hindi film industry. He is one actor who has constantly reinvented himself and does not mind experimenting with different ideas, concepts and even looks.
Interestingly the superstar himself says that “Mr Perfectionist” tag is not appropriate and rather “Mr Passionate” will suit him better as for him more important is whether in a shot the heart of the moment has been captured rather than the achievement of technical perfection.
However costars and colleagues say that he indeed is Mr Perfectionist and give several examples such as (i) his rejecting 6 scripts of Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Lagaan and liking the 7th so much he decided to produce Lagaan himself (ii) hiring a Punjabi tutor to get the accent right for Rang de Basanti and (iii) piercing his ears for Lagaan.
14th March is Aamir Khan’s birthday. Let us reminiscence some rare trivia about him.
While generally it is believed that Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak is Aamir’s 1st movie, it is actually not so. Ketan Mehta’s Holi was his debut film. He also acted in two movies, namely Yaadon Ki Baraat and Madhosh as a child actor.
From 1988 when Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was released to Lagaan in 2001 Aamir had a normal career which thereafter took off spectacularly. He decided to do one movie at a time and that too different type movies. One blockbuster after another namely Dil Chahta Hai, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Talaash, Dhoom 3, PK, Dangal and Secret Superstar followed and each one was a blockbuster hit.
Aamir Khan can take personal credit for several 1sts. He created a market in China where his movies are very highly popular. His Dangal is a cultural phenomenon in China, so much so that the Hon’ble Chinese president Xi Jinping told our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji that he’d seen the film and liked it. His earlier 3 movies, Dhoom 3, PK and 3 Idiots had also been huge hits in China.
Aamir has always dealt with the pre-release publicity of his movies in a different and most unusual way. In Ghajini, he sported an unusual haircut and even cut others hair at a salon in Delhi. For 3 idiots he disguised himself and went throughout the country to interact with people.
Aamir’s next movie, Thugs Of Hindostan is releasing on Diwali in November 2018. It is going to be the 1st time he and Amitabh Bachchan will be sharing screen space together. As has been for the last several movies of Amit it promises to be unique as it is on the little known Thuggee cult of professional robbers and murderers and both Aamir and Amitabh play the role of leaders of Thuggees. Thugs Of Hindostan which is much awaited will definitely showcase his extraordinary talent.
Happy Birthday, Aamir!
Ritesh Misra is an IRS officer currently based in Mumbai. He blogs & tweets @riteshmisra.
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