Indian Cinema completes 100 Years this year. And this same year Bollywood's own Mr.Perfectionist Aamir Khan
also completes his 25 Years in Indian Cinema. The Superstar, The
Chocolate-Face, The man with the Midas-Touch, The actor who chooses
'Quality' and not 'Quantity', Talks about his Journey, Stardom,
Inspirations and Life..
Congratulations on celebrating your Silver Jubilee in Bollywood..
time has moved so fast (Smiles). I don't understand how fast have i
traveled these 25 years. During my debut in QSQT (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
), I had no idea how long will i survive. I was very new and i used
to hear that an actor's life is only for 5 years. After 5 years, People
start getting bore of you. I had my own insecurities when i started out.
And this is the most happiest moment for me where i am a part of this
Film Industry for so long. Co-incidentally, Indian Film industry is also
celebrating it's 100 years along with my 25 years.
Who would you like to Thank?
I would like to thank those
writers and directors who have worked with me, Because without their
contribution, I wouldn't had walked this long journey of mine. I would
like to thank Nasir Sahab (Nasir Hussain) who is my uncle and who gave
me my first film. I would like to thank Mansoor Khan who directed my
first film. I would like to thank all my co-actors including Juhi
(Chawla) who worked with me. I have learn t so much from everyone be it
Cameraman, Sound Recordists, Music Directors, Lyric Writers etc. I would
like to thank my Audience who tolerated me for 25 years. They saw my
films, Showered their love and respect on me.
The love of my Audience is
priceless for me. And after my Audience, I would like to thank my
Family who stood with me every time. I thank my family for the support
they have given me, Be it my Mother, Father, Reenaji (My first wife) and
You are always considered as a powerful star..
When i was
new i had no idea how my career will shape up. My first film QSQT was a
block-buster and i became an over night star. My world became upside
down. But after that there were few films of mine which were
unsuccessful. I did mistakes and learn t from them as well. But when i
think of that phase i feel very proud because those mistakes made me a
better actor. At that point of time i made a strict decision for myself.
I will not sign a film for money, I will not do a film for Big Banner
or a big Director. But i will do a film if only my heart is convinced
over the script. From last 24 years, I was firm on my decision. I have
always kept a non-compromising attitude when it comes to quality.
And you had no fear while taking that strict decision?
walked alone when i started off. People used to think that i am new and i
am not signing many films and it will be hard for me to survive. They
also used to laugh at me as I worked totally opposite of Film Industry's
law. And i kept convincing myself that i never knew any other way of
working. It is all by the blessings of the almighty that i got
successful every time.
What is a Power according to you?
Power is something that
works only when you make a proper use of it in a good way. If i am that
powerful who can handle 100kgs at a time, And some huge weight falls on
you and i don't help you in that, What is the use of me being so
Any films that you regret doing?
I don't regret any films
that i have done so far. I know that i have done some films which were
not made up to the mark or which have not worked at the Box Office, But
as i have said earlier, I have learn t from those films. I give my
failures as much importance as my success is.
From marketing a Film to shares buying, You have always been a Trend-Setter..
No it's nothing like that. I only take those decisions which i feel is
worth taking. I am not scared on walking on a new path or taking a risk.
Because my motto is those who have truth and courage in their hearts,
They always win.
Any Negative or Positive points in you which you think have worked and scared you away at the same time?
Ok according to me, I think i have two qualities in me which are good
and bad at the same time. First is my passion and madness towards my
work which i also consider as my strength. But it can be dangerous to me
sometimes, For the simple reason when passion and madness grows high on
you, You sometimes forget everything around you. The second quality in
me is i am very stubborn. Carrying this stubbornness in me, I have done
few films where people came over to me to advise me that this could be
You were also having some bad phase with Media sometimes back?
i said i am Stubborn too. In my career there were few false news which
were carried out by media and i took it to my heart. I am also a very
emotional person and i thought to myself that when Media doesn't like
me, Why do i have to show them my face. So i started keeping a low
profile because i was hurt. When i get hurt, I do not retaliate. The
Media got more upset over this. I was in a situation where i didn't knew
what to do (Laughs). I asked myself where i am going wrong? I got no
answers. Later i did a f
ilm called Taare Zameen Par where i met
Dr.Shetty and discussed with him. He made me understand that a child
needs only four important things in life. Security, Trust, Dignity and
Love. I got the point and i started these four important factors with
media. Because not only a Child, But we as a grown-up needs these four
Which Actress had a lot of contribution in your life?
I think it's one and only Madhubalaji. She gives me one smile and i am gone (Laughs).One last question, Do you remember your first day of your shoot?
Yes i do remember the first day of my shoot very clearly. It was a scene
in QSQT and we were shooting in Ooty, Where me and Juhi Chawla are in
the Jungle and i wake up in the morning only to find Juhi Chawla is
misplacing. We were ready with the equipment and everything and suddenly
this Fog comes in. And the Fog didn't move for 8 hours and the whole
day was wasted. I thought to myself that how unlucky i am that my first
day of the shoot didn't happen (Laughs). Will i be able to make it as an
actor for rest of my life? So the log line of the story is please don't
be superstitious, Even if your start is not easy, Keep walking.