I Will Do It My Way: Aamir Khan's biography by Christina Daniels
June 23, 2012 01:02:19 PM IST By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
Cinema fraternity of the country indeed is proud that one of their sons, Aamir Khan, when cinema is celebrating 100 years, has stepped outside the domain of cinema and by leveraging his star power in setting the discourse in the public domain on the issues pertaining to common man. I'll Do It My Way, the biography on Aamir Khan, or rather a filmography on his acting career by Christina Daniels is an interesting reference point to understand the evolution of a phenomenon called Aamir Khan in the Hindi film industry.
coverpage of AAMIR KHAN'S biography
Aamir Khan's father, Tahir Hussain, famous producer did not want Aamir Khan to enter the film industry owing to its uncertainty, but he would indeed be proud of the achievements that his son has made in the world of Hindi cinema, more so as a producer, who believes in the maxim that the team of a production company should earn profits when they are associated with a product in a commercial way. Indeed from the time that Aamir Khan became a producer he has ensured that the films that he make apart from being a commercial success also give a food for thought to the critics as well.
Aamir Khan has been indebted to his father Tahir Hussain for the new lease of life that he had given to him. At the age of five months Aamir Khan had literally passed away, when his father gave him artificial respiration orally to bring him back to life. In the same manner, where if not for his uncle Naseer Hussain, QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK would never have been released as the film after being completed lay in the box for quite sometime, before he decided to release it.
It is through the book one comes to know how Aamir Khan stopped gracing the award functions. It had happened between QSQT and TEZAAB where Anil Kapoor walked away with the best actor award, though Aamir Khan got the best debut award and second in DIL where though he and Madhuri Dixit both were nominated it was Madhuri Dixit who got the award and Aamir Khan was left twiddling his thumbs.
Mansoor Khan, his brother and director of two of the epoch making films of Hindi cinema, QSQT and JO JEETA WOHI SIKANDAR has correctly analyzed Aamir Khan by saying in the book that Aamir Khan is an actor who has consistently redefined himself. Aditya Bhattacharya who had directed Aamir Khan in RAAKH holds the view that it is the film where Aamir Khan has acted most truthfully.
While Aamir Khan has not been spoken to in the book, Christina Daniels has undertaken a commendable exercise in her compilation and has interviewed most of the directors and producers associated with Aamir Khan in his acting career.
This book has provided a good launching platform for other writers to chronicle the saga of Aamir Khan vis-a-vis the new paradigms of social awakening that he is establishing through his serial Satyamev Jayate, which is a roaring commercial success as well, a maxim which has been the guiding spirit of Aamir Khan's film journey so far.