Oct 132017

secretAmir Khan is currenty working on promotion of “Secret Superstar”. His last movie, “Dangal” was a blockbuster and tasted a huge success on box office. The actress Zaira Wasim, who played young Geeta Phogat in “Dangal”, was loved by every one. Now is playing lead in “Secret Superstar” and ready to rock the screen again. This will be her second movie with Aamir.

Reportedly Aamir khan will be organizing a special screening for the enitre crew of “Dangal”. For Zaira, it would be a reunion, as she will be meeting her former cast and crew.

In “Secreat Superstar” Zaira Wasim’s charcter is named, Insia, a teenage girl, who sets out to follow her dream of being a singing superstar under the confinement of anonymity. Aamir will be in his never seen before look and charcter, Shakti Kumarr, a music composer.

The movie is directed by Advait chandan and will hit the theaters, on 19th Oct 2017.

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Oct 122017

The gender pay gap in Bollywood results from the patriarchal mindset of society, which does not see women as heroes, superstar Aamir Khan has said. The 52-year-old actor, who has been at the centre of some of Bollywood’s biggest money-spinners, said he “strongly believes” in equality but change will happen only if there is a paradigm shift in society’s attitude.

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan

“Unfortunately, what has happened is that most of our stars are male. The people who draw crowd are male and it is a result of the patriarchal influence on our society,” he said in an interview yesterday. The actor said children are conditioned to look at men as heroes from a young age. “We don’t see women as heroes. We start planting these thoughts in our heads since childhood. There has to be a paradigm shift in that. I am someone who strongly believes in equality whether you are man or a woman. But ultimately in the economics of cinema anyone who pulls people in will be paid higher. There is no question about it,” Aamir said.

He added that he would not mind his female co-actors getting a bigger pay cheque. The actor’s last film ‘Dangal’ had strong women characters and his upcoming ‘Secret Superstar’ also has a teenage girl at the centre. Asked whether he would be okay if his female co-actors got a bigger pay cheque than him, Aamir said, “Anyone who has the ability to fill seats gets a bigger share in the fee. So the day she (Zaira Wasim who has acted with him in both films) will be able to fill more seats then me I won’t mind her getting a bigger paycheck than mine.”

“And that is not going to be determined by her gender, it is the market that will determine that. As a producer, I will want her if she is benefiting my film, gender doesn’t matter. I will give her value, from a purely economical point of view,” he added. Every film, Aamir stressed, has only “two or three” people in the whole cast and crew, who can bring people to the theatres. And that has nothing to do with gender.

“…That benefit they are bringing to the film is unique to them, not anyone else. That is what we describe as stardom. That could be Salim-Javed as writers and Rahman as a music director.” Aamir also batted for equal pay for technicians as he feels their contribution to the film is equal to that of actors. “I feel even technicians should get equal money as actors. I don’t understand why is a cameraman’s or an editor’s work less important than an actor’s. I strongly feel all the people in the creative team are contributing equally and should be paid equally. Everyone should be valued equally. There are only two people, who can be valued a little higher – the director and the writer,” he said. As far as he is concerned, Aamir said, he does not charge advance fee for his movies but takes a percentage of the profit. “I take a percentage of the profit. And that is assuming the fact that the film makes a profit. Fortunately, my films have made profit. But if they don’t, I am the guy who takes the hit as I get paid in the last.

“So, I follow the oldest method of asking for money in performing arts. Which is that you perform for everybody and you take out your cap and if people like your work, they give you money and if they don’t, they turn their back at you and leave.” The actor said there may be a pay gap, but there is no gender inequality in the film industry in terms of work.

“I feel the industry doesn’t differentiate on the basis of gender. If we look at a film crew we will see a lot of women doing important jobs. My wife (Kiran Rao) is a director, Reema Kagti and Farah Khan are also there and they are not looked any differently from a male director. Their gender is unimportant. We have equal status, in terms of gender, when it comes to a film crew.”

Aamir said he is happy the industry has started making more women oriented/centred films. “There are films coming out which have powerful women characters. There was ‘Queen’ which Kangana had done, then there was ‘Simran’. I also did two films ‘Dangal’ and ‘Secret Superstar’. The films are being made for women. We are moving in the right direction.”

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Sep 262017

Zaira Wasim has become one of the most talked about youngsters in the country. In an exclusive interview to mid-day.com, Zaira admits that never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that she would star in a movie. Zaira says that she owes all the love and adulation she received from the audiences to her first film ‘Dangal’ and also that she never imagined that she would get a chance to star in another film so soon. 

“I was never fond of films or watching films. But now that I am into acting, I am enjoying this phase of my life.” Bollywood is also abuzz with news that Zaira Wasim does not use glycerin for her emotional scenes. She says, ” Yes, it is true. I do not use glycerin for emotional scenes in films. When I face the camera, I feel a surge of emotions and all my emotions come rushing out of me.”

The teenager who plays the role of a singer in ‘Secret Superstar’ adds that she considers superstar Aamir Khan as her mentor and that she is always ready to take his advice. Currently, Zaira completed her 10th class studies and plans to study further. 

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Aug 212017

'Main Kaun Hoon' song out: Meet Aamir Khan's new 16-year-old 'Secret Superstar'Zaira Wasim in ‘Main Kaun Hoon’ song (Pic/YouTube) and singer Meghna Mishra (Pic/Jagran New Media)

The first song titled ‘Main Kaun Hoon’ from Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim’s upcoming film ‘Secret Superstar’ is out! The track has been crooned by 16-year-old Meghna Mishra, who Aamir Khan has tagged as the new ‘secret superstar’.

Singer Meghna Mishra makes her Bollywood debut with the song ‘Main Kaun Hoon’ for ‘Secret Superstar’. The song has been composed by Amit Trivedi and penned by Kausar Munir.

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The song was launched by Aamir Khan and team in Mumbai. 16-year-old singer Meghna gave a live performance at the event.

At the event, Aamir Khan said, “Meghna is a gifted child. Best of luck to her for her future. She will shine.”

Talking about music composer Amit Trivedi, Aamir Khan said, “I am a fan of Amit Trivedi. I always wanted to work with him. I had approached him earlier to work with me, but he didn’t agree. But this time it worked.”

Aamir Khan and 'Secret Superstar' team at 'Main Kaun Hoon' song launch
Aamir Khan and ‘Secret Superstar’ team at ‘Main Kaun Hoon’ song launch. All pics/Jagran New Media

Aamir Khan said, “The film is a musical. But I haven’t sung any song in the movie.”

Aamir Khan was diagnosed with swine flu earlier. Speaking about his health, Aamir Khan said, “I’m feeling better now after swine flu.”

He also spoke about his look for ‘Thugs of Hindostan‘. He said, “When I did piercing the first time, it pained. Now I am fine.”

Aamir also spoke about Zaira Wasim. He said, “Zaira has no connection to music. Just as how she trained for ‘Dangal’, she practised hard for this film. She spent a lot of time with Meghna.”

While interacting with the media, Aamir Khan said that he wants to learn tabla from singer Meghna’s parents.

Aamir Khan also said that he was shocked to learn that Meghna was rejected at a talent hunt contest.

Speaking about the release date of ‘Secret Superstar‘, Aamir Khan said, “We wanted to release the film in August, but couldn’t as we had some work left. During Diwali, people usually don’t go to watch a film. But the day is auspicious to release the film. For us, box office collections are not important for this movie.”

On his film releasing the same day as ‘Golmaal Again’, Aamir Khan said, “Golmaal is an entertainer. Our film is a musical. There is no question of clashing.”

Aamir Khan also spoke about the Khan stardom. He said, “It’s wrong to only take the name of three Khans as stars. There are many stars in Bollywood. Everyone is loving Akshay’s film (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha). So please stop saying that stars mean only three Khans.”

Meghna Mishra singing at the event
Meghna Mishra singing at the event

‘Secret Superstar’ is a story of a girl who dreams big to be a singer, but is held by the pressure of her family, therefore, secretly reaches her audience on social media. The role of the aspiring singer Insu has been played by Zaira Wasim, who earlier was seen alongside Aamir in ‘Dangal’.

The film has been helmed by debut director Advait Chandan.

Produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Zee Studios, and Akash Chawla, ‘Secret Superstar’ is slated to release this Diwali.

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Apr 072017

The 64th National Film Awards have been announced and our favourites from 2016 seem to have fared brilliantly. ‘Neerja’ has won the national award for the best Hindi film of 2016 and deservedly so. Based on Neerja Bhanot, the woman who single-handedly took on terrorists to save the lives of 359 passengers onboard the flight of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, the film was a fitting tribute to the woman who sacrificed her life for others.

‘Neerja’ Wins National Award For Best Hindi Film© Fox Star Studios

The heroic flight attendant who died fighting terrorists was all of 22, a girl with aspirations like most other girls. What set her apart was the decision she took, the decision to risk her life to save the lives of hundreds of others. Posthumously honoured with the Ashok Chakra, she was a role model for thousands of her fellow countrymen. The film ‘Neerja’ was a brilliantly made film, directed by Ram Madhvani, while Sonam Kapoor pulled off the role with much responsibility.

‘Neerja’ Wins National Award For Best Hindi Film© NH Studios

While ‘Neerja’ won the best Hindi film national award, Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Pink’ bagged the national award for the Best Film On Social Issue. A very important film, ‘Pink’ made a powerful case for consent in a country where rapes are justified as little mistakes boys make.

‘Neerja’ Wins National Award For Best Hindi Film© Walt Disney Studios

Zaira Wasim, the 16-year-old actress who plays Babita Phogat in ‘Dangal’, also won the national award for the best supporting actress. Winning a national award for your first film is a huge achievement and we’re sure the young girl is elated.

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