The lone ranger
Aamir Khan recalls struggle with film choices & picking roles he believed in
His box office credentials are unmatched but Aamir Khan says despite facing initial scepticism from the industry, he has always been someone who believed in experimenting with film roles.
With hits such as Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Dil, Raja Hindustani, Sarfarosh, Lagaan, 3 Idiots and Dangal under his belt, Aamir has come to be known as one of India’s most-bankable stars but the actor said it has not been an easy ride to stardom.
Asked if the risk has paid off now, he said: “I don’t know if I can say that, I was not doing it for a pay-off, I was just doing it. I was not concerned if it will pay off or not, my focus was to do films that I believed in. When I do a film like Talaash, I know it is not going to be the biggest hit of the year but I want to do it.”
The actor said he reacts to a script like an audience member. “It has to be something that excites me, engages me, sometimes it might have a message, sometimes it might not. I don’t think whether it is commercial or not. I am not able to think like that. I feel my cinema should be good and I want it to be loved by as many people (as possible).”
“The first time I sensed I had become popular was after Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. I did a successful film, but I didn’t have the money to buy a car. I used to travel by autorickshaw, bus or a train but after a point, I couldn’t. I used to ask my uncle, ‘Can I borrow your car? There are just people everywhere I go’,” he added. Aamir said he earned Rs 11,000 for his debut.