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Aamir travels through time

Actor-producer-director recalls action, drama and emotions that comprised the first decade of his production company.

bollywood Updated: Jun 18, 2011 16:44 IST
Hiren Kotwani

With 10 years of Lagaan, Aamir Khan Productions completes a decade of existence too. The actor-producer-director admits time flew, and before he knew, his company had created over six titles, besides Act Of Murder (tentatively titled) the co-production with Excel Entertainment that’s currently being shot on the city streets.

The actor once stated that he’d never venture into film production after seeing the end of his late father, producer Tahir Husain’s company from close quarters. Today, he’s happy to have been wronged: “ The journey has been fulfilling and exciting because I’ve made films that were unusual and challenging.”

Here he is, in a total recall mode: ‘I wasn’t too convinced with the two-line idea’ But I was floored when Ashu (director Ashutosh Gowariker) narrated Lagaan’s script to me for the first time. The question was, who’d produce it. Initially, I asked him to approach other producers. In the interim, I heard the script twice and each time, we were stuck because we didn’t have a producer. The third time, and the only time in my career, I asked my dad, mum and Reena to hear the script, and said I planned to produce it. Everyone gave me the go-ahead. Even the likes of K.Asif, Kamal Amrohi and Guru Dutt have had to overcome hurdles to produce Mughal-E-Azam, Pakeezah, Pyaasa, I’m no exception.

Aamir‘Became director by default’

After Lagaan, I thought of making more films in quick succession. But Reena and I separated. I didn’t want to produce more movies then. I had almost shut the doors of my production office when I came across Taare Zameen Par’s script. I wanted to produce it. My company restarted. As for direction, I always wanted to do it. With Taare… I became a director by default. The film was planned keeping Darsheel’s (Safary) dates in mind. We would have lost out on a lot had we waited for the apt director. I didn’t want to lose an actor like Darsheel. So, I stepped in to direct. ‘Don’t know when I’ll direct again’

Kiran is looking at a couple of scripts, and I’m working on one with her. I don’t know when I’ll direct again. But I can be sure only after I’ve locked the script.

‘Delhi Belly is not for children’
Delhi Belly’s script was amazingly funny, and it’s not for kids, so I’ve got the film an A certificate. The abusive language comes naturally to the characters. And Bhaag DK Bose is just another name, like Munni or Sheila, I don’t want anyone to read too much into it. When I said Delhi Belly would break the clean image of Aamir Khan Productions, I meant it more as a joke.