May 302017

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Superstar Aamir Khan has been rewriting the rules of box office hits for more than a decade now but the actor often referred to as Mr Perfectionist because of his well-planned career moves — attributes his success to early failures.

Aamir says that while his creative involvement has always been the same, he did go through a learning curve. The actor, 52, has not had a flop since his ‘Mela’ days in 2000 and while ‘Mangal Pandey’ was not a grand success, it managed to recover its costs. His hit-list has blockbusters like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Ghajini’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Dhoom 3’, ‘PK’ and ‘Dangal’.

“It is now 27 years that I have been acting and very early in my career, I went through a phase that was a huge learning experience for me. The level of input that I have been putting has been the same right through but I made mistakes.”

“So, what I am today is not just the result of my successes but also because of my failures. They taught me the most. That’s why I have been able to build my career the way I have,” Aamir told PTI in an interview over the phone from Malta where he will start shooting for his new film “Thugs of Hindostan” from June 5.

Aamir is reteaming with his “Dhoom 3” director Vijay Krishna Acharya and co-star Katrina Kaif for the Yash Raj project that also has his ‘Dangal’ co-actor Fatima Sana Shaikh. But it is working with megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the first time that he is most excited about.

“It is an exciting script and above all, it is the first opportunity that I got to work with Mr Bachchan. I have always been a huge fan. It is really a great moment for me that I am finally getting to share the screen space with him.”

His film ‘Dangal’ is doing exceptionally well in China after a golden run at the Indian box office. The actor, who is perhaps the most popular Indian face in the country, is surprised with the way film has broken collection records there by earning Rs 1000 crore since its release on May 5. The actor says it is hard for him to understand why he has connected so well with the people there. He first realised he had an audience in China when ‘3 Idiots’ did surprisingly good business at the box office.

“Why an actor connects to an audience is difficult to articulate. It is a very intangible thing, you cannot really pin it down. But I would like to believe that it is my films and my good work that has connected me to the people whether it is India or anywhere else in the world.”

China has a successful homegrown film industry and has emerged as an influential player in the global entertainment market. Hollywood has been wooing the country for a while now. However, it is only recently that Indian film industry has woken up to its potential through releases and collaboration deals.

As a producer and director, Aamir feels China has shown the way when it comes to taking the entertainment business forward and hopes the Indian government also promotes ‘popular art and culture’ in a big way.

“The Chinese government has encouraged local cinema in a big way. They have about 45,000 screens whereas, in India, we barely have 8000 screens for all languages. It is really something that we need to learn from them. The Indian government should do the best it can to promote popular art and culture. It needs to be exported. We need more theatres. I think that will really help the Indian film industry”.

Aamir is also open to collaborations if an interesting story comes his way.

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Dec 222016

dangalSuperstar Aamir Khan has appealed distributors of his most awaited film Dangal to ensure that cinema houses don’t hike its ticket prices unlike during big releases.

According to a press release issued here, Aamir is keen to control ticket pricing for Dangal and has told distributors to ensure that there isn’t any further hike in ticket rates than what the rates were for big films like Sultan etc.

Dangal is a film that should reach the masses and he has taken maximum efforts to make sure that the film reaches the heartland, it said.

Also, the 51-year-old star is trying to get the sports drama tax-free. “I want this film to reach more and more people. I have requested theatre owners not to increase the ticket prices. Its good if the film is declared is tax-free. The audience benefits if the film is tax-free. We have applied in 12 states for making it tax-free,” Aamir said.

Wherever the film becomes tax-free, he has asked the distributors to ensure that the cinema chains pass on the entire benefit to the end consumer. Dangal is an upcoming sports biopic on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his Olympic medalist daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat.

The film is slated to release this Christmas weekend on December 23.

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Dec 222016

3khansSuperstar Aamir Khan says he has invited his friends and noted actors Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to watch his soon-to-be-released film Dangal. Awaiting a response from the two actors, Aamir says the film would be screened for them as and when they are free. “I have messaged both of them (Shah Rukh and Salman), whenever they want to see the film. Both are busy now, so whenever they want to see we will screen it,” Aamir told reporters here.

The actor was speaking at the special screening of Dangal last night, which was attended by former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and politician Raj Thackeray among others. Dangal is based on ace wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and the journey of his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat. Aamir said he was happy that those who have watched the film have come out loving it, but insists he is still nervous to see how the audience react to it.

“I am always nervous about all my films. So, whenever we make movies with all the love, we are worried if the audience will like it. They haven’t seen the film yet, only our friends and relatives have been seeing the film,” he said.

“We are happy that those who have seen it are loving it. But we are waiting to see how the audience receives it once the film is released.”

The special screening of the film was also attended by Mahavir Singh Phogat, whose character Aamir plays in Dangal, and his family.

Phogat said he was impressed with the way Aamir got into the character and hopes the film brings about some change in society with regard to gender bias. “He has worked very hard. I hope the film brings some changes in society where there is a lot of inequality towards our girls,” he said.

Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film is scheduled to release in India on December 23.

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