Sanya brands Aamir Khan ‘very papa type’
Focussed, a go-getter and perfectionist — that’s what Aamir Khan is known to be. His Dangal co-star, Sanya Malhotra, says Aamir is also very papa type. After playing the 52-year-old’s on-screen daughter in the December 2016 release, Sanya and actor Fatima Sana Shaikh — who played wresling champs, the Phogat sisters — joined the film’s postproduction team, and interned under Aamir.
Was he a tough boss? “Not at all! He’s very calm. He’s so papa type, one who can never scold anyone... I’ve never seen him getting pissed at anyone. He’s the coolest boss one can ever work with. At times when I’d call him asking for leave, he’d say ‘Haan, don’t come, it‘s okay.’ He’s very cool.”
A trained ballet dancer, Sanya is lucky to have had the rare opportunity to mentor her mentor. She has choreographed a music video for Aamir’s next film, Secret Superstar. How’s Aamir as a student? “He’s fabulous! Teaching him has also been a learning experience because he never gives up. Main kitna bhi mushkil step deti thi, he used to do it. Even if he looked funny doing a step or if people laughed at him, he’d still do it till he got it right. It’s so inspiring to see that kind of dedication.”
Recalling the time when she’d watch Aamir rehearse for the video of Dhaakad (a song in Dangal), Sanya says: “Fatima and I used to bully him [for not getting the moves right], but on the day of the final shoot, he nailed it. We were surprised, and told him, “Natak karte ho, aapse hota hai dance!”
Aamir Khan is the kind who can never scold anyone. I never saw him pissed... He’s so humble, calm and simple SANYA MALHOTRA, ACTOR