“Aamir Khan is not the king; it is the story which is the king. Even if Hrithik Roshan would have been a part of Dangal, it would have been still as big a hit,” said Vidhu Vinod Chopra at Dangal success party. Those who know Mr Chopra know it very well that his statements in the media or his video interviews are far more entertaining and interesting than the films he directs. He has worked with Aamir as a producer in 3 Idiots and PK, both of which were the biggest hits till they were beaten by another film starring Aamir.
Aamir Khan would totally agree with Mr Chopra on the statement that it is the story that is paramount. In fact Aamir is a rare actor who believes in the sanctity of the script, its writers and the director much more than most others. It is very easy to pass sweeping statements once a film breaks all records but the question is which other superstar would dare to gain so much of weight and play father to grown up girls while others of his age group continue to romance women half their age? Moreover which other superstar (who comes up with a film with a two year gap) would allow a rank newcomer to be the centre piece of the climax while he is not even physically present? The victory of Aamir Khan lies in his choices, how he never plays it safe and is hungry for new ideas that baffle people completely. When Aamir Khan becomes a part of a project, he is not there merely as an actor. He is there as a producer who ensures that the director gets what he wants, film is made much in advance, test screenings are held to gauge audience response so that whatever tweaking is required happens much before the date of the release in an industry which at times is left waiting for the final print right before the release week. Aamir Khan is also a marketing genius who never over promotes, he always comes up with a unique strategy that is pertaining to the context of the film rather than following the tried and tested formula of carpet bombing.
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