Boxer Amir Khan says he gets mistaken for actor Aamir Khan all the time
British professional boxer Amir Khan says he often gets Tweets and Facebook messages meant for Bollywood star Aamir Khan; hopes that the actor will star in his biopicbollywood Updated: Jul 18, 2017 18:59 IST
The additional ‘A’ in actor Aamir Khan’s name doesn’t help British boxer Amir Khan, who gets mistaken for the Bollywood superstar “all the time.” The former unified light-welterweight world champion, who was in Delhi over the weekend, told us, “So many people confuse me with Aamir Khan. In UK, even on the phone people mistake me for him. And on Twitter, Facebook, people send me messages thinking this is Aamir Khan ‘the actor’s’ account. I think that my fans would be sending messages to his account too,” he says, laughing about the “great confusion” due to the similarity in their names.
Amir thinks that it would, in fact, be interesting if Aamir stars in his biopic. “In Hollywood, someone who is young and really athletic should play my part. It’s hard to say who can do that. I don’t mind doing it myself. But in Bollywood, Aamir Khan would be ideal. It’ll be amazing if Aamir Khan makes a movie about Amir Khan, the boxer,” says the 30-year-old who began competitive boxing at the age of 11, and has won 31 out of 35 fights till date.
Born to a Pakistani family in England, Amir is quite clued into Bollywood. “I know a little bit of Hindi. I picked it up from Bollywood films that I watch on flights. Bollywood is so big now, especially in the UK. I like watching movies of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan —the Khans have taken over Bollywood. I have seen Aamir Khan’s Dangal.... it’s a good movie man,” says the Olympic silver medallist, who is presenting the Super Boxing League in India.
It’s not just films, there’s more he likes about India. “The people and the food is so amazing here... I like the black dal and the chicken gravy.” Mention the craze for Pakistani spice mixes in India and he adds in jest, “Don’t worry, I will bring for you next time... I bring the masalas, you do the cooking because the cooking here is good. Then it’s 50-50.”
The sportsperson’s personal life has been equally significant for the tabloids in the West. Early this year, he was embroiled in a sex tape scandal after the video emerged on a porn website. Recently, his wife, Faryal Makhdoom, fell out with his family and there were reports of his parents calling her a “gold digger”.
Amir says: “It [controversies] does affect you [me] because you are obsessed with everything and you wanna solve everything over. Now, I took the move; I took the chance to go out there and sort everything. I went there with the bigger mind and went to visit my family on Eid day and I said whatever has happened I apologise and let’s move forward as a good family now.”
What’s more important to Amir, however, is to ensure that his 3-year-old daughter, Lamaisah, never gets to know that he fights. He says, “When I go back home after a fight, with bruises on my face, she always asks me, ‘Daddy, what happened?’ She always touches my face and then gets cream and puts it on my face and says, ‘Daddy, cream’... She gets really upset. I never like to tell her that I am a boxer and I get face punches. I just say, ‘Daddy hurt himself’ or ‘The car door hit me’ or something... I’ll never tell her that I got punched in the face. I don’t want her to know that because I think she will get upset. She knows that I train in boxing but she hasn’t really seen any of my fights and I’ll never show her till she grows up... It’s hard to show your kids because it’s a tough sport.”
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