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Aamir Khan: Mistakes have taught me the most


Perfectionist Aamir Khan says whatever he is today is also because of failures and not just successes

Superstar Aamir Khan has been rewriting the rules of box office hits for more than a decade now but the actor – oftenreferred to as Mr Perfectionist because of his well-planned career moves – attributeshis success to early failures.

Stepping stones
Aamir says that while his creative involvement has always been the same, he did go through a learning curve. The actor, 52, has not had a flop since his “Mela” days in 2000 and while “Mangal Pandey” was not a grand success, it managed to recover its costs. His hit-list has blockbusters like “Lagaan”, “Dil Chahta Hai”, “Rang De Basanti”, “Taare Zameen Par”, “Ghajini”, “3 Idiots”, “Dhoom 3”, “PK” and “Dangal”.

“It is now 27 years that I have been acting and very early in my career, I went through a phase that was a huge learning experience for me. The level of input that I have been putting has been the same right through but I made mistakes. So, what I am today is not just the result of my successes, but also because of my failures. They taught me the most. That’s why I have been able to build my career the way I have,” Aamir said over the phone from Malta where he will start shooting for his new film “Thugs of Hindostan” from June 5

Starting for Thugs…
Aamir Khan says the first sequence of the “very exciting” film “Thugs of Hindostan” is a big action one for which preparations are going on.”‘Thugs…’ is a very exciting project. The first sequence is a big action sequence. Right now, prep is going for that,” Aamir said.

The shooting will begin aboard two massive specially-constructed ships – builtover two months – thatare currently docked in a Maltese sea port. Writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya said, “The set of the film is in a high security water zone, with restricted access. Both these ships have been built in the early 18th century style, when vessels would carry cannons and other weapons.”

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“An international crew has been hard at work creating these elaborate ships in Malta. Most of the portions to be filmed on board these ships involve high octane action.”

Excitement galore
Aamir is reteaming with his “Dhoom 3” director Vijay Krishna Acharya and co-star Katrina Kaif for the Yash Raj project that also has his “Dangal” co-actor Fatima Sana Sheikh. But it is working with megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the first time that he is most excited about. “It is an exciting script and above all, it is the first opportunity that I got to work with Mr Bachchan. I have always been a huge fan. It is really a great moment for me that I am finally getting to share the screen space with him.”–Agencies