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No Aamir this Christmas

entertainment Updated: Jul 18, 2010 12:10 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini and 3 Idiots were all Christmas releases and were the biggest hits of the last three years. Buzz is that Dhobi Ghat, the directorial debut of Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao, is now lined up to open this December. The actor, who is producing the film, says that Dhobi Ghat will definitely come this winter, between November and February, but definitely not during Christmas.

Artistic liberty
Strange, considering his last three films as an actor grossed over Rs 825 crores at the box-office worldwide. Khan maintains that this is also a reason why he wouldn’t like to release Dhobi Ghat on the same weekend.

“It is not a mainstream film like Ghajini or 3 Idiots. Today, since the audience associates the last festive week of the year with my blockbusters, I don’t want to send out any wrong signal,” Khan reasons, adding, “We’ll decide on the date for Dhobi Ghat after the release of Peepli Live on August 13.”

Shot by Rao in South Mumbai localities like Crawford Market and Mohammed Ali Road, Dhobi Ghat sees Khan play a painter living and working out of his tiny studio apartment in a noisy and congested neighbourhood. The film also features Pratik Babbar playing a washerman.

One of the highlights of Rao’s film is the ‘Dil tadap tadap ke keh raha hai’ song picturised on Dilip Kumar in Bimal Roy’s Madhumati. Reportedly, the actor-producer has approached the late filmmaker’s son, Joy, for the rights of the song.

Play it again
Confirming the news, Khan says he’s not doing a ‘Dilip Kumar’ in Dhobi Ghat as reported. “In fact, the song is for a scene in a taxi. And the song plays on the radio in that cab. I think it’s a misconception that I’m performing to this song,” he clarifies, adding, “And since we can’t play the song just like that, we need to buy the rights.”

Unlike Peepli Live and Delhi Belly, which he’s co-producing with UTV Motion Pictures, Khan is going solo on Dhobi Ghat. He admits that it’s a risk, but insists that it ensures his creative freedom to make the film as he wants.

“If I want to have the freedom, I must also be prepared to take the financial responsibility in my stride. Even if I lose money, it’s mine,” says the actor-producer.