The lead actors Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan pose for the shutterbugs. (Photo/Yogen Shah)
Aamir Khan says he's happy he's been able to entertain people during his quarter-century in Bollywood. He became an instant superstar with his debut in, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which premiered 25 years ago Monday. The film with Khan opposite newcomer Juhi Chawla was a modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale that created box-office history.
"I can't believe how I have reached here, and I feel so happy from my heart that I was able to entertain people," he said. "I have tried to make a place for myself in each and every Indian heart, I feel very happy about this."
In the past decade, he's become one of Bollywood's biggest stars and has the cachet to make any project he chooses. He produced, directed and acted in, Taare Zameen Par, about the journey of a misunderstood dyslexic child. His film, 3 Idiots, examined the sorry state of India's education system. He's also thrown his weight behind social causes, joining anti-dam protesters and embracing an anti-corruption activist. Khan says he sees his failures as being as important as his successes.
"I give importance to my wrong steps because I have (had) opportunity to learn from them and I was able to improve myself." Known as a thinking person's superstar, Khan's latest movie was Talaash.