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“It’s not ‘whether it will happen’, it’s ‘when it’ll happen’?” says Aamir Khan about losing fame, success and stardom, something which the superstar insists he does not worry about at all. With consecutive blockbusters and films which changed the grammar of commercial movie-making, Aamir has carved his niche in the industry.
In an interview, Aamir says, “I actually don’t fear that (losing stardom). I am very clear that I am going to lose it all. I have no doubt in my mind that there will be a day when I will not have all this. So why fear? Death is going to come to all of us. Even creativity goes to a sustenance period and finally, it gets destroyed. It’s a natural process of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. Everything which exists will get destroyed. I will lose all of this, definitely.”
The actor says what he does lose his sleep over is if he is handling the tricky process of filmmaking rightly or not. “I fear what we have set out to make, can we achieve it fully? The process of filmmaking is so complex, that if you go wrong even in one step, your film won’t be what you set out to make. My constant fear which also keeps me alert—is just that. “What we are trying to achieve have we achieved it? My biggest fear is that. We shouldn’t go wrong there. Will I lose my creativity? For sure I will. Will I lose my fame? Hundred percent I will. There’s no question about it. It’s a matter of time,” he says.
In the last decade itself, the 52-year-old actor has headlined projects which have set global box office records, from ‘3 Idiots’, ‘PK’, ‘Dhoom 3’ to ‘Dangal’. Aamir, however, feels he can never be bigger than the films he has been a part of. “Stars are made through films. It isn’t the other way around. I can never claim that a film became a hit because of me. If you look at ‘PK’, ‘Dangal’, ‘3 Idiots’, as a star the maximum I can do is bring in the first weekend.”
“As an actor, I am contributing in the creative aspect. The big credit of all these films goes to the directors and the writers. They should get the credit or if a film doesn’t work it is the director’s responsibility too,” he adds. One would argue that ultimately the choice of doing those films was solely his, but Aamir insists he should not be given the credit.
“It is my good fortune to be a part of these films. Imagine if I didn’t have ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Lagaan’ or ‘3 Idiots’ where would I be? My career is built on these films. The choice is mine, I chose well, but I shouldn’t be credited so much for that. “It’s like when you tell your mom to make kaali daal for a meal. When guests have it, you can’t say ‘this was my choice’. You didn’t make the food, you just suggested. The actual credit goes to your mother for cooking the food.” Aamir’s next is Advait Chandan’s ‘Secret Superstar’. Also featuring Zaira Wasim the film will hit the theatres on October 19.