Aamir Khan who is often referred to as Mr. Perfectionist has clocked 30 long years in the Hindi Film Industry. Over the years, Aamir is known for delivering memorable performances in many successful films alongwith being a star campaigner for many social relevant issues. His films like Dil Chahta Hai, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Ghulam, Lagaan, Ghajini, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Talaash, Dangal and PK have a strong recall and repeat value even today.
On the occasion of completing 3 decades in the Hindi Film Industry, Cinespeaks brings you a special interview with Aamir Khan.
Q: The audience always have high expectations from your performances and always look forward to your films and TV shows. How have you managed to win the faith of your audience?
Aamir: As a creative person, I have always strived to do work which has satisfied and made me feel happy. I enjoy my work and always strive to deliver a good performance. In any industry, it takes a certain amount of time to build the faith and win the trust of the audience. I will not claim that I have deliberately tried to build that over the years. I have only strived to do good work and keep a constant quality check on the kind of work that I am doing.
Q: Having spent 30 years in the field of acting, in which section will you place yourself – Born Actor or Acquired Actor?
Aamir: I do not consider myself to be a born actor. I have acquired acting. Actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Naseeruddin Shah and Zaira Wasim are born actors. You can feel the real innate quality of acting in their performances. It comes out naturally. As an actor, it takes a while for me to get to the level of quality which is expected out of me. It does not happen immediately. I have to work towards it.
Q: Which has been the most toughest character to play in the 30 long years of your film career?
Aamir: The most toughest character to play was PK. I did not have any reference points since I was playing an alien in the film. I had to unlearn a lot of things and make myself believe that I did not knew those things. It was really challenging for me.
Q: How do you memorize the dialogues and lines for your films?
Aamir: I do not have a photograhic memory. I know of few actors like Sanjay Dutt who get their lines immediately memorized. I spend close to around 3 to 4 months rehearsing before I start shooting for a film. I rehearse each scene a day and revise it the following day. At the end of one month, I am prepared with 30 scenes. So, by the end of 90 days, I am ready with the full script. I follow this formula for every film of mine. I even write my dialogues in my own handwriting so as to memorize them.
Q: Are you a method actor?
Aamir: No! I don’t know what method acting really is. I haven’t studied acting or any books on method acting. I have my own method of acting.
Q: Your films are commercially successful in the Chinese market. Have you ever tried to discuss the business with exhibitors and distributors?
Aamir: My films are popular and commercially successful in the Chinese market because of the people of China. 3 Idiots opened the gates of the Chinese market because the film was searched a lot on the Internet. The audience of China then started to search for my films (Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini, Dil Chahta Hai) on the internet. I never have any meetings with the distributors from the business and commercial point of view. I have never done a film by keeping in mind the trade and business aspect of a film.
Q: When was the first time when you realized that you are a popular actor?
Aamir: When Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi (1991) released, the cap that I had worn in the film became very popular. The caps were available everywhere in the market and it had became fashionable. With Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) too, I got a lot of recognition. It was my debut film where I was payed 11,000 Rs for the film.
Q: Are you producing the Gulshan Kumar biopic?
Aamir: Yes, I am producing the film on Gulshan Kumar which is titled as Mogul.