Intelligent — and often diplomatic — replies are the trademark of Aamir Khan, who was in Delhi last week to promote his forthcoming production Peepli Live. About rumours that the film’s been ‘ghost-directed’ by him, he says, “I don’t even know how to answer that allegation anymore. I went on the sets of Peepli Live just once… that too when the entire unit sent me a message saying, ‘What kind of a producer are you? You don’t even visit the sets!’ The film is totally the brainchild and work of director Anusha Rizvi.”
Asked why he chose to produce such an offbeat subject, he says, “I like taking risky decisions. And they turn out to be right. My mom always says, ‘Aamir aap aisi risky filmein banaate hain… bas aapki kismat achhi hai ki hit ho jaati hain’ (Aamir, you make such risky films… it’s just your good luck that the film turns out to be a hit).Although on a professional high, Aamir admits to struggling in his personal life. "The family is still struggling to come to terms with the recent loss of my father," he says. He also makes sure to spend quality time with wife, Kiran. "We sit and chat about life, kids, work... everything."
Is his son Junaid revelling in female attention after his photos from the 3 Idiots premier were splashed all over? "I didn’t know Junaid, too, has a fan following. We’re very close… he’s my guinea pig. I make him and his friends watch my movies before release. But, he doesn’t discuss girlfriends with me."
Young at heart
Ask him the secret of his forever-youthful looks and 45-year-old actor says, “Drinking four litres of water a day”. But, when asked if that means he rubbishes news of him getting cosmetic surgery to remove wrinkles, the actor goes into a long pause, and replies, “All I can say is that I have no moral issues with that, too.”
After a much-hyped debut on Twitter, his tweeting has been erratic. Also, tweets in which he spelt Amitabh Bachchan’s name as ‘Amith’ and Vidya Balan as ‘Vidhya’ led to speculation whether his wife, who is South Indian, is tweeting on his behalf. Aamir sheepishly rebuts, “No, no. I do it myself. The spelling errors happened because maybe I’m dyslexic (laughs).”