Aamir and the media — the 180 degree turn

September 24, 2008

aamir.jpgThe transformation is amazing. Aamir Khan was known as one of the most reclusive stars in Bollywood – he shunned film magazines, rarely gave interviews and was generally unavailable.This year, he appeared on the cover of a film magazine, granted interviews to all and sundry for a film that didn’t even star him (nephew Imran Khan’s debut film “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”),  and is now one of the most media savvy stars in the country.Take Monday, for example. A day after his directorial venture “Taare Zameen Par” was chosen as India’s entry to the Oscars, Aamir addressed a press conference, seeking suggestions from the media on how to promote the film to the Academy. He asked for their support and talked about everything from SRK to Raj Thackeray. All of it, with a smile on his face and twinkle in his eyes.When he was referred to as the “King of Bollywood” by a gushing journo, he laughed and said, “Don’t say that, you will upset Shah Rukh Khan.”That was not all. He had a go at Ashutosh Gowariker, saying he preferred ”Mumbai Meri Jaan” over the “Lagaan” director’s epic “Jodha Akbar”.Raj Thackeray wasn’t spared either. “Politicians who divide us are not speaking for the country, they are speaking for themselves. We should vote for those who unite us,” Aamir said, referring to the politician’s campaign against the Bachchans.He was even sporting enough to answer a question about whether Saif and Kareena had gotten married over the weekend, saying “didn’t you find anyone else to ask this question”.The one question he didn’t answer was about younger brother Faisal, telling a reporter firmly that it was a personal matter and he didn’t want to answer it.At the end of it, I came away smiling and impressed. Here is a star who can utilise the media to his advantage (I don’t want to get into what that says about us in the media), and one who is not afraid to speak his mind. Yet, he does know where he wants to draw the line. He has my grudging admiration.

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Kudos to Aamir Khan to say boldly the truth about people like Raj Thackarey and likes who divide the country. I wished Amitabh Bachchan who holds seemingly such an eminent postion in the eyes of countrymen could speak out boldly instead of presenting a diplomatic apology.

Posted by abhishek bhor | Report as abusive

I would say Aamir seems to be the most intelligent actor I have known in bollywood, or atleast has a the right kind of people on board in his team…

Clearly, Aamir is just a face of this gimmick, there is a think tank behind … but still kudos to Aamir for recruiting the right people for him..

http://vikramsjourney.blogspot.com

Posted by VN | Report as abusive

I am sorry but Aamir Khan has always seemed like a phony. He should not be talking about reuniting people when he has been the one talking trash about someone as great and big as Shahrukh and the Bachchans.
He speaks more out of jealousy and anger than anything else, even though he tries to cover that up by sounding diplomatic & “caring”.

Posted by Arp | Report as abusive

i agree with all positive statements about mr.khan. i am a big fan!!!

all American’s love mr.khan’s work!!!

aamir seems to be the only bollywood actor that can form an intelligent sentence. i love bollywood movies, but most the actors put on more airs than any hollywood actor.