Aamir Khan has completed 30 years in Bollywood and who can forget one of his best films of all times QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK, JO JEETA WOHI SIKANDAR, PK, DANGAL and many many more.
He is one actor who has garnered huge fan base with every film. During media interaction for 30 years of Aamir Khan, Mr perfectionist spoke in length about various things. In fact he even thought he is jinxed, he reasoned out why he thinks he isn’t good at reading lines and is all praise for his co-actor Zaira Wasim.
Aamir reminisced his good old days and shared about his first day on the sets of the 1988 film QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK, Aamir says, “It was my first day of shooting and we were in Ooty. The scene was where we are lost, and I was lying on the straws. All of a sudden there was so much fog there that we had to wait the whole day to shoot and I felt that if my first day of shooting as an actor is a washout, then this isn’t a good omen. I hoped my career wouldn’t be like that.”
When asked if he is a method actor Aamir said, “I’m not a born actor like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Dilip Kumar, Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) and Zaira (Wasim). They all are powerhouses. When they give a shot, it comes out very naturally and effortlessly. I don’t think I have that gift. When we were rehearsing for DANGAL, Zaira got the accent in about a week’s time while I took four months to get it right and still on the days we used to shoot I used to struggle with it. So I need to work my way to get it right. I’m not a natural actor. Infact Sanjay Dutt has a photographic memory, he memorizes lines by just reading it once. I wont say I am a method actor, yes I have my own method of memorizing a scene and doing it, I write it in my own handwriting in a book and then read it.”
He further said that he is pathetic when it comes to script reading, “The first reading I feel is so bad! During LAGAAN’s reading, I felt Ashutosh (Gowariker) would drop me from the film with the likes of Raghubir Yadav around. So my first reading is pathetic according to me. Post that I started working on it and my biggest strength is that I’m not scared to fail. So even if my rehearsals are bad, I keep doing it, so I figure out what and how I eventually want to pitch. Also, I have a good sense of performance. So while some are gifted, I know for me I’ve to work and achieve that point.”
Aamir very deeply explained how he layers his performances, “If I am hurt and enact the same then it isn’t that effective, I feel. But if I’m hurt and don’t show it but the audiences get that feeling of me being hurt, then my performance has got layers in it. The moment your performance is layered, it automatically gets richer, otherwise, it all looks superficial.”
Lastly when quizzed over a span of 30 years, there must have been one character that would have been difficult for Aamir to play on screen. Speaking about this, he said, “It has to be PK. It is because I play an alien and I have no reference points. But Raju gave me a good cue. He said that I should think I’m from the earth and have been transported to a different planet.”
Aamir will now be seen with Amitabh Bachchan in THUGS OF HINDOSTAN.