Aamir Khan enjoys see­ing fel­low ac­tors do good work, and does not pay heed to com­par­isons

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I’m do­ing films I love do­ing. What’s hap­pen­ing (their suc­cess) is a byprod­uct of it AAMIR KHAN, AC­TOR

He ended 2016 with Bol­ly­wood’s big­gest hit film, Dan­gal, which has made way for the `300 crore club. And this year, ac­tor Aamir Khan will com­plete 29 years in the in­dus­try. We catch up with the 51-year-old about his ca­reer, com­pe­ti­tion and more.

You’re the one who started `100, 200 and 300 crore clubs...

I haven’t, it’s the me­dia that has started all of it. Yes, Gha­jini was the first one to do `100 crore, 3 Id­iots did `200 crore fol­lowed by Dhoom:3 that crossed `250 crore and PK made `300 crore. But it’s a co­in­ci­dence. I’m do­ing films I love do­ing. What’s hap­pen­ing is a byprod­uct of it.

When­ever any of your film makes big money, it fu­els com­par­isons with Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Ak­shay Kumar...

I don’t pay heed to it. When I see my col­leagues do­ing good work, in­clud­ing Ran­veer or Ran­bir, I feel happy and proud. I loved Sanju in Munna Bhai films. If I’m com­pet­ing with any­one at all, it’s my­self. I want to do bet­ter than what I did ear­lier, and grow as an ac­tor.

Do you look back at your ca­reer?

Yes. It’s been a very ex­cit­ing and ful­fill­ing jour­ney. I’ve been for­tu­nate to have worked with won­der­ful writ­ers and di­rec­tors, on their unique scripts. I got to learn so much. It’s my good for­tune to have worked in La­gaan, Taare Za­meen Par, Rang De Bas­anti, 3 Id­iots, PK, Qaya­mat Se Qaya­mat Tak, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikan­dar, or Sar­farosh... My de­ci­sions have mostly been very risky and im­prac­ti­cal.

Re­cently, Mery Streep’s speech made head­lines and led to talks about why In­dian stars can’t talk so openly about real is­sues…

Amer­ica, as a democ­racy, has al­ways been a vi­brant one. Peo­ple have been free to air their opin­ions on any­thing (topic) or any­one in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dent. That’s its beauty... That’s how democ­ra­cies ought to be.


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