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My choice of films dictated by my emotional interest: Aamir Khan
New Delhi, June 12
Aamir Khan's filmography boasts of blockbusters like "Lagaan", "Rang De
Basanti" and "Dangal". The credit, he says, goes to his heart, which he
religiously follows while signing on the dotted line.
Since the 1980s, the 52-year-old has been fitting seamlessly between
characters like a cab driver, a clown thief or a fun-loving college
Asked about his favourite film, Aamir told IANS over phone from Malta:
"All the films that I have done are very close to me and I don't
measure my films based on their business."
But one can't overlook the massive success of his film "Dangal" that
has surpassed the Rs 1,000 crore-mark of box office collections in
China - the first Indian film to achieve the feat.
"'Taare Zameen Par' is as close to me as 'Dangal'. So are 'PK', '3
Idiots' and 'Lagaan'. I can't differentiate between any one of them.
All are equally important to me," he said.
Since "Dangal", which narrates the story of the real life wrestlers and
sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat, broke several records at the box
office, is he feeling the pressure to do better?
"No. I don't feel that kind of pressure. I follow my heart as far as
creative decisions go... As to what I am going to do next. It's never
affected by the success of my previous films," he said.
"My choice of films is dictated by my emotional interest in the story
and my creative interest," added the actor, who is shooting for Vijay
Krishna Acharya's "Thugs of Hindostan" in Malta.
It will bring him together with megastar Amitabh Bachchan on the big
screen for the first time.
"I am most excited to work with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time. It
is a dream come true. I've always been his huge fan," said Aamir.
He is equally excited about his other project, "Secret Superstar".
"My next film is 'Secret Superstar'. It's about a 14-year-old girl. She
is the central character. I love the story. It's a beautiful story," he
said about the film that traces the journey of an aspiring singer named
"Will it do the same kind of business like 'Dangal'? I have no idea. I
had no idea that 'Taare Zameen Par' would be a huge success either. I
did it because of the story or even 'Dangal'... It's not a conventional
mainstream story. It's about an old man who has grey hair, daughters
and no romance... A story about a family and wrestling.
"It's not a conventional kind of a film. Who knew it would do this kind
of business?" asked the actor.
He is geared up for another biopic, "Salute", which will be his second
biopic after the grand success of "Dangal".
Aamir has associated with producers Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie
Screwvala for "Salute", a biopic on India's first astronaut Rakesh
The project will be jointly produced by Aamir, Screwvala and Kapur
under their banners AKP, RSVP and Roy Kapur Films respectively.
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