Bollywood actor Amir Khan, who is in Ludhiana for shooting for his upcoming film ‘Dangal’, interacted with the mediapersons at Radisson BLU MBD Hotel on Monday. On being asked if could do something for the ignored Doraha Fort where he shot for his film ‘Rang De Basanti’, Khan said, “I will follow up with the Punjab government for the restoration of the fort near Ludhiana. I understand it is our heritage and must be preserved. Same applies to all other heritage monuments and I certainly cannot forget that when I shot here for ‘Rang De Basanti’ about a decade back, it was in a poor condition.”
Referring to the question and concern for the fort, Khan, who was along with wife Kiran Rao and film director Nitesh Tewari, said he might also follow up with his NGO to preserve the fort and would give his best try.
Aamir Khan along with wife Kiran Rao attending a press conference in Ludhiana. (Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
“It is pleasure to be back in Punjab. I love the hospitality and kindness of the people here and my wife and I are elated that we will be here for almost three months. The only fear is that we may put on some weight due to various mouth-watering delicacies of Punjab,” laughed Khan, who has increased his weight to 95 kg for the upcoming film.
When the director was asked why he chose Punjab for shooting the film despite the movie was based on Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and could have been shot in Haryana, Tewari said it was a ‘creative call’. “The village locations that we wanted were more authentic and exactly as per demand of the script. For the film, I will say it will popularise wrestling and also how wrestler Phogat motivated his two daughters out of the four to become wrestlers in a state like Haryana, where girls are not given opportunities to come forward.”
Revealing his success mantra, Khan said, “Success knocks my door because I follow my heart and never do things forcibly. On top of this, my wife is my back bone and cares for me round the clock no less than a baby.
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