Actor Aamir Khan has experimented with cinema and brought about changes in Bollywood. We get him talking about the changes in the film industry as well as his cinematic contributions.
How much have you changed personally in the last decade?
I’ve changed a lot, especially in the last four to five years. This came about after working on Satyamev Jayate (SMJ). It’s kind of an awakening for me. I am getting to know my country and so many people closely. Emotionally, too, I’ve grown stronger. Right now, I’m shooting for SMJ. It is a brittle period for me as I’m meeting and connecting with people from different parts of the country and walks of life. Their stories sadden me and make me question many things.
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Tell us about a change that you introduced to the film industry.
We introduced the first assistant director (AD) system and sync sound which we brought to the forefront with Lagaan (2001). Though it was always there, movies mostly used the dubbing technique. Another thing that I started, which became a trend, is doing one film at a time and finishing it in one schedule.
How do you think the film industry changed over the last decade?
a) Out-of-the-box thinking
People’ve begun thinking out of the box; different topics and viewpoints are being shared — something like Queen, which dealt with a girl’s independence and her right to make choices. Such changes go to show that we are aggressively pushing the line. It’s nice to see different kinds of cinema co-exist harmoniously.
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b) Changing box-office numbers
The film business is growing fast over the years, with the multiplexes booming. Internationally too, we are doing very well. In addition to the US, UK and Europe, newer markets are opening up for our films. Markets like China, Japan and South Korea have opened with 3 Idiots (2009) and Dhoom:3 (2013). These are good developments.