In the recent past, Karan has been known to call Aamir the ‘Game-Changer of Indian Cinema.’ In this exclusive chat, the director persuades the megastar to reveal some of the lesser known incidents and decisions that took his career to unparalleled heights.
Recalling some of his most career-defining moments, Aamir Khan reveals the story behind his Oscar-nominated film – Lagaan. When director Aashutosh Gowarikar, for the first time, narrated the script to him, he dismissed the story by calling it ‘stupid’. It was only during the second narration after four months that Aamir somewhat liked the plot, but was not entirely convinced. It took more than a year’s time and four to five narrations, for Aashutosh to sway Aamir. Lagaan eventually went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed blockbusters of its time and incidentally also won the Best Bollywood Film in the recently conducted Bollywood@100 poll by HISTORY TV18.
On being questioned by Karan Johar for this meticulous demeanour Aamir reveals, that he critically judges the attitude of the director before giving his nod of approval. “I think directors should be passionate about his story telling. I saw that compelling attitude in directors like Ashutosh Gowarikar, Farhan Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra”, he says.
Very few people know that Aamir Khan’s parents never wanted him to become an actor, despite his father being a film producer himself. To satiate his passion, he worked in his classmate’s short film, which however was never released. Narrating the same to Karan, he states, “I guess only 10 – 12 people watched the film, and one of them was Shabana ji and she liked my act. When she came to know that I’m Tahir Hussain’s son, she really wanted to meet him and praise him about my work. I had no choice but to stop her from doing so, as I knew my parents won’t appreciate me acting discreetly.”
Catch this special episode of Aamir Decoded on Sunday, 30th June at 9:00 pm only on HISTORY TV18.