At Jalandhar’s Ramada Hotel on Saturday, actor Aamir Khan, known to be selective when it comes to making public appearances, came to promote his upcoming film, Talaash and obliged a star-struck city.
In his career in Bollywood, Aamir is popular for trying something unusual, different and yet in line with mainstream cinema. Sharing facets about the making of the suspense drama that releases on November 30, Aamir reveals that his penchant for perfection continues to be his priority.
“While shooting for Talaash, I have lived through my greatest fear everyday, which is to lose someone close to me. Even when my children go for picnics, I am always scared and this movie is based on this emotion of losing someone very dear and close,” he says.
Aamir, who does his homework well before taking on a project to get in the skin of the character, adds, “The script demanded shooting at night, so we had to step out and understand the grey night life to enliven the script in a more realistic way. For the underwater scenes, I had to learn scuba diving, as I was to be locked in a car underwater, so the technique to control my breath was very essential to learn.” The actor says all the underwater scenes had been shot in London.
Playing a super cop, inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat in Talaash, Aamir says that the film’s director, Reema Kagti, who accompanied him to Jalandhar, had chosen from amongst 500 locations to finally narrow down to 47. “Roping in the talented music composer Ram Sampath was also Reema’s recommendation,” adds the actor, whose chocolate boy looks continue to make him look as young as ever.
Having shorn his moustache to sport a new guise for another of his films, Dhoom 3, the actor maintains that he has no plans to make a sequel of his very successful film, 3 Idiots, or for that matter, to get into documentary film-making. Candidly, Aamir admits, “There isn’t much audience for realistic cinema, so one has to always induce an element of entertainment to reach out to the masses.”
Aamir had last visited Punjab prior to the release of his film, Rang De Basanti. Saying Jalandhar was one of the ‘good cities of north India’, the actor says a ‘major audience can be reached out through this city’. On what makes the super star take up a film, he says, “As an actor and a creative person, I look for a good story. If a story can influence me, I sign it.”
However, Aamir adds that he has never asked anyone to go and watch his film. “The audience should go for their choice and like a film,” he states.
Director Reema Kagti, who had made her directorial debut with Honeymoon Travels Pvt Limited in 2007, says about Talaash, “Suspense thriller is my favourite genre. In fact, Zoya (Akhtar) and I both like this genre. So I enjoyed working on this script.”
The one time Aamir resorts to being politically correct is when asked to choose his favourite leading lady. “All my heroines are my favourite, I like all of them,” he smiles.
The actor would next visit Jaipur, Kolkata and Delhi for the promotion of the movie.