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

Hindustan Times - Brunch - - Front Page -

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.

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