In his career spanning four decades, Aamir Khan has seen quite a few ups and downs. While he celebrates the successes, he keeps his failures “close to his heart,” as he says, because they have all taught him invaluable lessons. He also mentioned his reluctance to talk about the big budget film of 2018 Thugs Of Hindostanwhich emerged as a flop at the box office.
In a recent interview, Aamir was asked about the new level of weight in his films, having arrived there after starting out as a romantic lead. At first he joked, “Are you talking about Thugs Of Hindostan? Just kidding.” When the interviewer said they would talk about Thugs in time, Aamir quickly said, “I’d rather not.”
When asked about his dream project, Mahabharata, Aamir Khan said, “When you make Mahabharata, you’re not making a film, you’re doing a yagna. It’s not a movie, it’s much deeper than that. So I’m not ready for that. I’m afraid to bring it up. Mahabharat will never let you down, you might let it down.” Elaborating further on how his calculations sometimes went wrong, Aamir said, “I think a lot about what went wrong. Watch a movie that doesn’t work, it’s an opportunity. You learn exactly where it went wrong. Wherever I am today is because of my failure and not my success. I hold my failures close to my heart because they are the ones that have struggled the most. But they teach you a lot. So I really value my failures.” He added that he hopes Laal Singh Chaddha’s upcoming film will touch people’s hearts and resonate with the audience.
Considering that Bollywood is going through a rather tough situation at the box office, Aamir had earlier expressed his concern about the film’s bottom line. During his appearance at Coffee with Karan, Aamir said that he was rather “stressed” about the film and hoped it would work at the box office, saying that if it didn’t, he would be rather heartbroken. He said that while he knows director Advait Chandan had done a commendable job with the film, it has further increased his nervousness. He said, “We are excited to have made a good film, lekin agar film logon ko pasand nahin aayi, bahut dil toot jaayega (If people don’t like it, it will break our hearts).”
Laal Singh Chaddha releases on August 11.
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