Punctuality thy name is Aamir Khan. As the clock struck 12.15 pm, Aamir Khan entered the hotel room. He attended a call from wife Kiran, instructed his assistant, and then asked everyone to leave the room. Once he settled, he drank some water, and sat for a long chat.
Why do you play a hide-and-seek game with the media?
About two years ago what I experienced with the media stunned me. There were too many channels, and too much was being written about me.
I had come to a point when I didn't know ki main baat bhi karoon toh kiske saath karoon. I am often accused that I used media. But I am the only actor who doesn't use the media. I don't exchange gossips. I never say ... yaar ek kaam kar mere liye aisa likh de. I don't do all of this. I didn't know how to react, so went inside a shell.
How has life been as a director?
Tough. Especially the last one-month has been quite gruelling. Since I am playing three roles in Taare Zameen Par - producer, director and actor - it's even more strenuous.
How was it to work with kids?
It was fun. I am very fond of kids. My main instruction to all the members of my crew was to be concerned about the children. While we would prepare our shot, the kids would play outside. My crew had strict instructions about preparing the shot so well that once the kids are ready, there's no disturbance. Once they arrive, I pep them up, I warm them, and I take that shot.
What kind of a kid were you in school?
I was quite, but there was a naughty side to me, but I was quite well-behaved. My favourite teacher was Kona madam. I met recently, after 25 years.
Tell us something about Nikumbh sir, your character in the film...
He is a very unusual teacher... He let the kids be. He has a swanky hair cut, because he knows kids will like it. But at the core, he is very sensitive person. And that is his strongest quality.
Your films usually generate a lot of hype. Does it bother you?
I am well aware that there are a lot of expectations from my film. But I'm happy about that, because it tells me that my last work was appreciated. I get attracted to various scripts. I never think agar main yeh karoonga toh audience ko kaisa lagega. I follow my instincts.
Have you refused to do Kiran's film?
I have read her script. It's a great script. I love it. But the problem is she doesn't want me in the film as an actor. So, I don't have a choice. She wants to shoot on the road with just five people. It's not possible with me, you can't take me to the road and have just five people around. I need at least 50 bodyguards. So, I don't fit in her script.
Om Shanti Om is this year's biggest grosser. Do you consider it a competition?
No. I am not interested in competing with anyone. I do my kind of films and they are fairly different from others.
That's about work, but what does Aamir Khan like to do in his personal life?
Hmmm.. I am often asked ‘what is it that keeps you busy, especially when you don't do many films and do not even socialise'. But I am like that. I play with my kids. I am very fond of reading, so I read a lot. I love Calvin and Hobbes. I love sleeping, so that takes a lot of my time. I have friends and I like to spend some time with them. I stay away from big functions and limelight and just in case, I am dragged into one, I hide in a corner.