Aamir Khan says his family was 'almost on the roads', recalls father's 'enormous financial debt'
Aamir Khan on the 20th anniversary of his debut production Lagaan has recalled the time when his father was near bankruptcy, and his family was 'almost on the roads'.
Aamir Khan on the 20th anniversary of Lagaan said that he has a tendency of going back on his word. The actor had declared several times that he would never become a producer, but ended up producing one of the biggest films in Indian cinema, Lagaan.
Aamir Khan said that his aversion to being a producer arose from the financial difficulties he'd seen his father, Tahir Hussain, deal with.
In a media interaction, Aamir said, "I come from a film family, I've seen my uncle make movies, I've seen my father making movies. My father was a very enthusiastic producer, a good producer. But he didn't know how to do business, so he never made any money. And he only had problems. One film took eight years to make, another took three years."
He continued, "He was in great debt, and I've seen my father go through enormous financial crisis. He was almost bankrupt, and we were almost on the roads. We were small that time. I remember, the phone used to ring, and people would call and ask for their money. He used to tell them that he's put the money in the film, and this conversation would go on for three-four years."
He recalled his mother telling him about waking up at night and seeing his father looking for something. When she asked him what he was looking for, he said that he was trying to find his graduation certificate, because he would soon need a job. "A man in his 40s is telling his wife that he's looking for his graduation certificate, that was our situation," he said, adding that this is why he never wanted to be a producer.
But he ended up producing Lagaan 'by accident', because he couldn't find anyone else for the job. He said that even then, he was under the impression that he would stop producing after Lagaan.