It’s a popular notion that Aamir Khan is one of the few Bollywood superstars to have taken risks that nobody would have dared to. In fact, when the actor did Dangal and played a father to Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra many felt that the star was setting an example for his peers to evolve and play roles that are fitting of their age. Not that Aamir himself hasn’t played a 20 something, just a few years ago in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots, Aamir had wowed audience with not just his act, but also his transformation for the film where he played a college student.
Aamir has often upped the benchmark for young actors and heroes his age. While Shah Rukh Khan stuck to his King of Romance image and Salman Khan continued to play the tough Dabangg, Aamir did parts that put him in a league of his own that had no labels attached. Bollywood fans waited to see what the star would pull out of his magic hat next and serve them on 70mm. And while Khan had a bad run at the box office this year with Thugs Of Hindostan tanking at the box office, we cannot really hold the actor responsible for turning down parts that he may not be very convinced about.
One of the movies that earned great numbers at the box office last year was Dangal. The film also saw a leading man like Aamir Khan take a step back and let younger heroines like Fatima and Sanya take the centre stage. However, did you know that Aamir Khan did not give a nod to this Mahavir Singh Phogat biopic. It seems when he was initially approached for the part the actor was tough to get. After hearing the story apparently Aamir Khan asked the makers to return to him after a decade. That was the actor’s hint to the makers that he wasn’t willing to age on screen, not yet. In fact, the makers even considered Aamir’s suggestion. Siddharth Roy Kapur during one of his recent interaction revealed, “In the first meeting he (Aamir Khan) told us, he’ll do it in ten years. Yeah, come back in ten years. And we said yes.”
But thankfully, better sense prevailed and Aamir did not just come on board, but also put his might behind the movie. Dangal got cash registers ringing and minted approximately Rs 375 crore in India. Not to forget, Khan’s fans in China made the movie an even bigger success. Bet, Aamir must be happy that he didn’t let an opportunity pass on and take a decision that he would regret.
Aamir is not the only actor who has refused to age on screen. Sonam Kapoor’s father, Anil Kapoor too had apparently asked Abbas Mustan, “Do I look like Sonam Kapoor’s father?” when he was approached for Players. And it is another proof that Bollywood heroes are not willing to grey on screen. In fact, Zoya Akhtar had revealed how it took the filmmaker almost a year to get Mr India to play Ranveer Singh’s father on screen. Both Anil and Aamir’s risks did pay off and hopefully that will be enough reason for our actors to consider the merit of movies over trivial issues like ageing on screen in the future.