Bollywood’s perfectionist Aamir Khan shared that he feared losing fans before signing his blockbuster hit Dangal.
Khan shared that he predominantly got scared because of playing a character that was closer to his age than what his fans idolise him to be.
“I do get scared [of losing stardom]. When I heard the story of Dangal, I thought I have to do this film. But then I thought that I have just done Dhoom 3 and PK, and have six-packs and star-image.”
He said, “If I will do this film (Dangal), then I will become old and fat. What my fans will think? I hope I don’t lose my fan-following,” according to Indian media.
“Mahavir is a 55-year-old in the film. I am 52. So, there is less difference between us. We are too close,” he remarked.
“But fans don’t know that as they see me as 30-year-old. So, I told the director that I liked the film and I will do it after 10 years when I will be old. They agreed to that too.”
He added, “But the story of the film couldn’t leave my mind. So, I decided that I should do it and not get afraid of anything,” he said.
Dangal was based on the real-life story of a Haryana wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who defied all odds to train his daughters Geeta and Babita. The daughters eventually became world-class wrestlers.
During the shooting of the movie, Aamir underwent physical transformation to play a younger and older Mahavir Singh Phogat.
The movie was awarded several Filmfare awards including the Best Actor and Best Director.
The Dangal actor will be seen as a flamboyant music composer in his upcoming movie, Secret Superstar.
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Regarding his role, he claimed that there are “real people who exist” like his character, but he is nowhere close to him.
“Why it is a tough role for me is because I have to feel like that character. When he is full of himself, I must feel ‘I am the best.’ It should come from within, which doesn’t normally come to me. I am always questioning my work.”
He further said, “My natural instinct is to be critical of myself whereas this guy is not at all. He is sure that he is the best, no question about it.”