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Aamir Khan

The Khans have soaked all the love you gave them, now they want your respect. Shubarna Mukherji Shu traces the journey of Aamir Khan and the metamorphosis behind his newness.

If you see him today in DANGAL you wouldn’t have ever thought it possible that it’s only been two years since we saw him in PK, looking the way he looked as the lost alien. The nude man, strategically holding the transistor, one would never forget but it is difficult to think of him as the same man we are seeing across the teasers today with the grey fuzz and so much bulk.

For that matter, we cannot relate that beefy guy with the youthful imp of 3 IDIOTS or the calculating mastermind of DHOOM 3, despite the latter having sported all the 8-pack abs. Yes, he is playing to the gallery in a way but heck, he is the master of the game. To think he was called the ‘romantic, chocolate boy’ hero seems like another lifetime altogether. Of course, three decades of acting can constitute a lifetime for many people but the gamut of his repertoire is overwhelming.


For a long while it had seemed like Aamir had hit the plateau, he did his work as a perfectionist but there was nothing that was absolutely path-breaking, nothing like the kind of work we expect out of him today. Of course, there was also that lull in the early 2000s, to add to the lack of curiosity but even then there were films like BAAZI and SARFAROSH, which made you realise that here was a man who can morph at will and do a bloody convincing job at that. Though some still insist that when Aamir packs a punch, it doesn’t seem as effective but hey, those guys haven’t seen the rushes of DANGAL, have they?

As unpredictable as his movies are, there is one thing very predictable about the man himself. If you tell him here’s something that he cannot do, he will show you just exactly how it’s done.

“It is a fact that when we went to Aamir with 3 IDIOTS, we didn’t know how he would accomplish the task of convincing people to accept a 40-year-old as a college student, but we knew if he would agree, he would manage the task, we left him to it,” Rajkumar Hirani had admitted back then, a sentiment that perhaps all his directors might have felt as some point in time.

If Aamir Khan signs up, he will do his homework, and the rest too. His diligence, his fervour is all a fact today but all of the ’90s when he was making movies like TUM MERI HO, AATANK HI AATANK, DAULAT KI JUNG and what-not, we didn’t know he would turn into this… We adored him them, we worship him today.