AAMIR OF HEARTS
BOLLYWOOD’S ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE BOY TURNS 52 THIS WEEK. IN AN INTIMATE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, HE ANSWERS MANY QUESTIONS, INCLUDING: DOES CHOCOLATE AGE AS WELL AS WINE? AN HT BRUNCH EXCLUSIVE
MEETING AAMIR Khan is like meeting someone I’ve known for years. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a conversation with him, but I grew up with the actor. He was my first crush. His Hum Hain
Rahi Pyar Ke was the first Bollywood film I was ever allowed to watch on the big screen. When I was in my teens I had a massive poster of him plastered on my bedroom wall. I have no doubt, after Qayamat Se Qayamat
Tak (QSQT), many bedroom walls suffered a similar fate.
Now at 52, the actor is no longer cute; no longer Bollywood’s chocolate boy. But his talent still makes me weak in the knees. After all, Aamir can play a 19-year-old college boy and a 55-year-old father of four with equal conviction. He’s been a lover boy ( QSQT), a grey character ( Raakh). He followed Earth with Mann (and, um, Mela). And he gave India one of its most driven content-based films with Lagaan, turning what might have been ‘art’ cinema into a box office hit.
You may believe that with Aamir Khan, the only formula that works is no formula. That’s certainly the story that’s been peddled by the press for many, many years. But the press is wrong and so are you.