Bollywood star Aamir Khan poured his heart out while talking to journalists on his 51st birthday in Mumbai on Monday, sharing his dream: Buying his mother’s ancestral home in Varanasi.
Khan, who hosted the annual meet with media on his birthday, spoke about a range of things including his upcoming production, patriotism, his career and more.
Starting the session with his wish-list, Khan said, “My biggest wish today is to buy my mother her ancestral home in Benaras. My mother spent her childhood in Varanasi. I’ve seen that home. Since then it has been in my mind that if I can request people there and get that house.”
Calling Varanasi “extremely beautiful and historic”, the actor said he can’t wait to have a house there. “I’ve been to Assi ghat. Varanasi is a beautiful and a historic place. So, if I get a home there, my mom’s home there, that will give me the biggest happiness. Let’s hope it happens.”
Journalists present at the meet broke into the ‘happy birthday’ song for him, with a visibly touched Khan thanking them. However, just a few months ago, conversation was tense between the two sides when the intolerance debate grew. Khan’s statement that wife Kiran Rao had wondered at leaving the country for a better future for their son had sparked a major controversy, with certain groups threatening to create trouble when Khan’s next movie Dangal releases.
Fellow actor Shah Rukh Khan faced similar ire for his comments on the issue, with collections for his movie Dilwale taking a hit.
“(The) important (thing) is to remain positive and not get affected by the negativity,” Aamir said, adding, “People who questioned me were already biased against me, I don’t react to that; no matter what you do people will raise questions.”
Talking about his definition of patriotism, the PK star went on, “You have to have love (and) sensitivity towards society, family and work to help others.”
In the same breath, he explained why politics is not his cup of tea. “Just because actors are popular doesn’t mean politics is the natural outcome, (one) must have passion for it to get into it.”
Khan began his career in 1985 and remains to be one the top-grossing actors in Bollywood. Thanking his fans for their association and his success, he said, “I value and have great respect for the 27-year-old relation I share with my viewers.”
Khan went on to divulge details about his next movie Dangal, saying the film would come out in December. The actor said he spent three weeks in the US getting in shape and exercising for six hours to fit the role of a wrestler.
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