Tough­est role of my ca­reer: Aamir

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Aamir Khan is quite ex­cited about shar­ing the screen space with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time in Thugs of Hin­dostan, which re­leases in the UAE to­day. So, was he ner­vous about his per­for­mance be­fore the Big B?

“I was ex­cited and ner­vous at the same time work­ing with Amit ji. On our first shot, I was a lit­tle ner­vous but then he is one of the very warm and gen­er­ous per­sons with a dry sense of hu­mour.”

Asked if he would have taken up the film only be­cause of Bachchan and not for his own char­ac­ter, Aamir said, “No. I have to be at­tached to the ma­te­rial first. But of course, rest was great, my char­ac­ter, di­a­logues, ev­ery­thing was very de­tailed and well- writ­ten.”

“It (Thugs of Hin­dostan) is a very uni­ver­sal and child-friendly film. Though there are ac­tion scenes, there is no blood shown and those ac­tion scenes are fun,” he added.

Set in 1795, the story of the film is his­tor­i­cal fic­tion. Aamir is play­ing the char­ac­ter named Fi­rangi Mal­lah, a Thug (swindler) from Awadh. Ac­cord­ing to the ac­tor, he has played the most chal­leng­ing part of his ca­reer so far in the film.

“I have played the tough­est role of my ca­reer in TOH. Though there are many chal­leng­ing roles I have played in my ca­reer, nar­rat­ing the char­ac­ter of Fi­rangi Mal­lah was the tough­est where I had to walk a very thin line.”

Giv­ing an in­sight into the char­ac­ter he played, Aamir shared, “He is a very un­re­li­able per­son who is talk­ing to ev­ery­one in such a man­ner that peo­ple be­lieve him. He knows how to win the trust and then at some point he will stab you in the back.”

The movie is counted as one of the most ex­pen­sive films in In­dian cin­ema. There­fore, the dis­trib­u­tors have de­cided to raise the ticket price dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son to re­cover the in­vest­ment as fast as pos­si­ble.

Since such a de­ci­sion will make the film in­ac­ces­si­ble to the low-in­come groups, how does Aamir look at such mat­ters?

“I per­son­ally be­lieve that ticket price should be cheaper and cheaper so that a greater num­ber of peo­ple can go and watch the film. It will be my dream to see an in­creas­ing num­ber of econ­omy the­atre where max­i­mum peo­ple can get ac­cess to the film. Along­side, there can be plush the­atres as well.”

“Hav­ing said that, TOH is an ex­pen­sive film and I un­der­stand why the YRF dis­trib­u­tors are do­ing this. But I would say that In­dian au­di­ence has not seen such a spec­ta­cle of the film, so it would be worth their money,” said the Na­tional award­win­ning ac­tor.

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