Bollywood actors Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone are known to deliver hits on their shoulders alone. Now, audiences may be in for a double treat with the two stars saying they’d love to work together.
“I feel like I am in the middle of a proposal,” Bollywood film-maker Karan Johar quipped, as Khan and Padukone tussled and gushed over the prospect of working together at the entertainment session of the 12th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Friday.
Amid all the banter, they also talked about serious subjects such as the change in the definition of mainstream films since the 1980s.
Khan attributed the change to the mushrooming of multiplexes and the influx of “new, young talent with their own voices and sensibilities” in the film industry today.
“A film like Taare Zameen Par would have been considered an arthouse film in the 1980s but now it went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year. So, the lines are blurring and it’s an interesting time now for Indian cinema,” he said.
Khan referred to his TV show Satyamev Jayate when someone in the audience asked him about actors and philanthropy and the responsibility to give back to society.
“I could have made a lot of money acting in four films a year, endorsing 10 brands, hosting a game show instead of Satyamev Jayate,” he said. Johar was quick to add, “There are ways we contribute to charity, and we choose not to speak about them, because that itself defeats the purpose.”
Padukone almost struck a feminist note when asked about the short shelf-life of a Bollywood mainstream actress. “The question itself is wrong. The day we stop asking this question or stop acknowledging it is the day we do things differently,” she said.
The session ended with somebody in the audience turning Johar’s signature rapid fire round in his celebrity chat show Koffee With Karan on him instead. Asked to pick his favourite Khan as well as his choice among Kareena, Katrina and Deepika, Johar replied with characteristic cheekiness. “You don’t choose between legends. And the person on your right (Deepika) is always right.”
Watch:Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone in conversation with Karan Johar