His success as a filmmaker and an actor notwithstanding, Aamir Khan does not interfere with his nephew Imran Khan's career, though he continues to influence him as a human being.
"He (Aamir) always says that I have to learn for myself through my mistakes because when I succeed all by myself, it would be better for me," Imran told PTI. The 27-year-old actor, whose first film Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Naa was produced by Aamir, said that though it may look funny and irritating, his famous uncle ensures that whatever he does, no matter how insignificant, he will not do anything wrong.
"Aamir mamu is very particular that he must always do the right thing. He will prefer to take a longer route rather than entering a no entry zone even in the dead of the night," he added. Imran, who is gearing up for his fourth release I Hate Luv Storys (IHLS) opposite Sonam Kapoor on July 9 said he did not discuss work with Aamir. "He is a very busy with his own work. Whenever we meet, it's just family and we prefer not talking about our work," he said. Imran said he has never watched how Aamir prepares for his roles. "I have never been on his sets. But, I rate his recent movies like 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Dil Chahta Hai, Lagaan as the best," he said.
Imran who also admires his uncle's contemporary Salman Khan is making preparations to arrange a special screening of IHLS for him.
"We just got the first cut of the movie. The screening for Bhai (Salman) will be on June 30 or July 1," he said. On his other uncle, filmmaker Mansoor Khan, Imran said the Jeeta Wohi Sikandar fame director's return was unlikely. "He feels there is no good story to make a film and money does not interest him. I don't think he will return as a director," he said.
Imran denied that there was any rivalry between him and Ranbir Kapoor and said though he did not know the Kapoor scion well enough to be called his best friend, he hanged out often with him. "I have known him for one and half years and I am friendly with him. I respect him very much because he is a very fine actor and like him as a person. We hang out when we are free," he said.
"Professional rivalry has never made sense to me. If his film does well, it does not affect my film and if his film flops my film will not do well," he added.
The actor said after hosting a film award together, many in the industry wanted the duo to do a film together but lack of good scripts has prevented them from doing so. "We are also interested, but not found anything good. We are still open to doing a film together," he said.
Asked about the failure of his two previous releases, Kidnap and Luck , the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa star said, Kidnap was not a bad script. In the making of the film, we fell short. What the script was and what the film eventually became was not the same thing. The same situation repeated with Luck." "The two films were signed prior to the release of Jaane Tu.... After I became known as an actor, I signed only IHLS and Break ke Baad with Deepika, a couple of months ago," he added. Imran said there was a time earlier in his career when he was not in a position to make demands but "the situation has changed now."
"Today the situation has changed. I can demand a script and I can put my foot down if it is not given to me. I can also ensure that there will be no deviations from the script while shooting," he said.