Superstar Aamir Khan, who has won over the audiences and critics alike with his Bollywood and TV ventures like ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Dhoom: 3’, ‘Ghajini’ and show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ among others, completes 27 years in the Indian film industry today.
In the year 1988, this very day, 23-year-old Aamir made his debut with hit ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ opposite Juhi Chawla. Aamir became an overnight sensation with this “path breaking and trend setting” movie as hailed by many critics and film experts.
Aamir Khan was then the “ultimate dream man” for every girl, the only downside being that the actor was married to his childhood sweetheart Reena Kapoor.
Well begun is half done, and hence, with the first step in Bollywood being a success, one would expect a smoother journey and even happier memories, but the superstar differs. In an interview to Hindustan Times, Aamir Khan reminisces about how he was labelled by the media as a one film wonder and how he fought through it all.
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“Within the first two years of QSQT, I experienced the weakest stage of my life. The films I had signed started releasing and flopping one after the other. So, I was like, ‘I am finished. There’s no way I can survive this onslaught,’ since I knew how bad my other unreleased films were. I was called a ‘one-film wonder’ by the media, and rightly so. I had a feeling that I was stuck in quicksand,” quipped Aamir.
But the socially inclined actor, who certainly has become an inspiration to many, didn’t compromise on the quality of films that he did. He made his own choices and succeeded in them too.
“I got a call from Mahesh Bhatt, saying he wanted to narrate a script to me. I was thrilled because at that time, after Arth (1982), Saaransh (1984) and Naam (1986), he was at his peak. I knew if I did a film with him, all my problems would be solved. I went for the narration, but at the end of it, I was devastated because I didn’t like the script.
The next day, I told Bhatt saab that I wouldn’t be able to work with him as I didn’t like the script. He was very sweet about it, and said, ‘No issues. If you don’t want to do it, then don’t do it,'” remembers Aamir about his days of struggle.
Impractical as it might seem, Aamir Khan has always been known for attempting roles and donning hats which noone else would dare to and may be, that’s why he is a name and a force to reckon with in the bylanes of Bollywood.
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