An Ace Actor for a reason! He claims his source of success is a blessing from the above. Know who!
By Swetaleena Mishra
One of the most versatile Indian actors, director and host of television talk show, Mohammed Amir Hussain Khan or commonly known as Amir Khan is one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian film Industry. This actor has always been consistent in his performances and intuitive choice of scripts.
'Dil Chahta Hai' actor Amir Khan revealed that after his debut film 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', he was not at all happy about the films he was doing. "After ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’, I signed about eight or nine films on the basis of stories as the directors were all new and unknown at that time. These films started bombing and I was called ‘One Film Wonder’ by the media. My career was sinking. It felt like I was in a quicksand. I was very unhappy. I used to come home and cry. It was then that I swore to myself that I won’t sign a film until I get a great director, great script and a great producer, even if it meant the end of my career", he said while talking to the students at Bennett University Convocation 2020.
He further continued, “I got a call from Mahesh Bhatt during that time. Bhatt sahab was at the peak of his career as a director. He had made, ‘Saransh’, ‘Arth’ and ‘Naam’ - all three, more successful than the previous. He called and offered me a film. I went to meet him, I heard the story and I didn’t like the script. Bhatt sahab was such a huge director at that time that mere announcement of the film would have given me a new lease of life. The practical thing was to sign Bhatt sahab’s film. But because I had promised myself that unless I loved what I was doing, I would not be doing the film, I said no to it. I didn’t like the script. I didn’t know whether I should be practical or be honest to what I believe in.”
He further elaborated, “Next day, I went to Bhatt sahab and told him honestly that I didn’t like the script, even though I was no one to tell him that. I was a newcomer. I also told him that after this, I might never get to work with you again but I have to be honest to myself. He respected my feelings and agreed. Next year, I did a film with him which was ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’. If I had done the film with Bhatt sahab and compromised on my belief, then my entire career would have been one compromise after the other. I had my back against the wall, I was in quicksand and Bhatt sahab was giving me a hand. All I had to do was hold his hand and he would have pulled me out. But I stuck to what I believed in. I was relieved when I came home that day."
The man who portrayed all his characters with perfection, popularly known as Mr Perfectionist also discussed his golden days from a Rajkumar Hirani directed film '3 Idiots'. He said “I loved the script of '3 Idiots' and when Rajkumar Hirani approached me for the film, I told him I am 44, why would you want me to play a college student's role? I respect Rajkumar Hirani as a director.”
Discussing the purpose of movies, the 'Lagaan' actor even said “The primary responsibility of cinema is to entertain. If I want to know about philosophy and sociology, I will join college. However, that need not be the only responsibility. Almost every profession has something to contribute – the judiciary gives you justice, doctors give you health, and so on. A creative society brings grace to society. I am not judgmental towards people who make only entertainment films. That is our primary responsibility if you are entertaining and giving a good time to people, it is good enough.”
He also gave a few pieces of advice to the students regarding being limited on earth and happiness. He also said it is one of his biggest life learning lessons. The ace actor even said the students to feel good about themselves and to take a time out to travel and to have a priceless experience which will open their eyes to new things. This actor will be next seen in Kareena Kapoor Khan co-starrer film 'Laal Singh Chaddha' Which is a remake of Hollywood film "Forest Grump" of Tom Hanks.