Aamir Khan has always set a perfect example when it comes to selecting quality films and setting the benchmark for the box office records. If there is one actor whose passion and dedication we should learn and get inspired from, it should be Aamir Khan. Forget the controversies and remarks, this guy seriously has the urge and the curiosity that should be applauded. As the actor turns 54 today, let us check out how Aamir Khan prepares for his role and gives his to the fullest.
Aamir Khan tasted the box office success with Mansoor Ali Khan’s Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, along with Juhi Chawla, though his first feature film role was in the experimental film Holi (1984). To promote his movie, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Aamir Khan distributed posters and pamphlet, running on the streets of Mumbai. He became a popular face of Hindi cinema in the 90’s thanks to films like Dil(1990) and Raja Hindustani (1996) and the cop-drama Sarfarosh (1999). Unlike other actors, Aamir Khan would always question his directors, the value of each scene. Folks on the set would make fun of him, only to realize that he was actually serious about his work.
In the absence of technology during the early days, Aamir Khan use to make use of pen and paper to write down the scenes where he has made mistakes and would go over them again and again, until he found it to be a perfect shot. This of course did not go down well with director of Rangeela (1995), Ram Gopal Varma, but later the amount of praise received from the audience compensated for that. For a song sequence, ‘Tere Ishq Mein Naachenge’, in the blockbuster film, Raja Hindustani (1996), Aamir Khan consumed a litre of vodka to make it look real.
While Aamir Khan was able to entertain the audience in the 1990’s era, he dominated the 2000’s as well. Though the starting of the century saw a big disappointment in form of Mela (2000), the year 2001 belonged to Aamir where he played the role of a villager, Bhuvan, who fought against Britishers in the cricket-match drama, Lagaan, directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. Aamir Khan stunned everyone with his urban-cool style, Akash, in Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai.
Aamir Khan shocked everyone when he lost 10 kgs to look like a college student in Rakesh OmPrakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti (2006). While he loved acting, Aamir Khan forayed into the world of direction with Taare Zameen Par (2007), playing the role of a teacher who helped a dyslexic boy overcome his disability. Aamir Khan spent hours to study about dyslexia symptom and how parents should not compare their kids with others, accepting them as they are. Taare Zameen Par turned out to be an instant blockbuster in spite of clashing with multi-starrer, Welcome.
To play the role of tortured-short-term-memory-loss patient in Ghajni, Aamir Khan went through a 13 month strict diet with a well-disciplined workout schedule. His hair-do became rage among the youngster during the release of the film which was also the first Bollywood film to enter 100 crore club. In 2009, we saw one of the most liked film of all time, Rajkumar Hirani’s take “5 Point Someone” novel, 3 Idiots. At the age of 45, Aamir Khan impressed everyone when he portrayed the character of 20-year old Rancho. Aamir Khan, who beefed up for his role in Ghajni, significantly lost weight to look like a college going student in 3 Idiots. 3 Idiots was the first film to enter 200 crore club.
Aamir Khan shocked everyone on his second collaboration with Rajkumar Hirani in PK (2014) in which the “method-actor” ate over 10,000 pans to play the role of Alien-turned-Bhojpuri speaking guy. He practiced speaking Bhojpuri language to prepare for his role and it turned out to be funny and hilarious. PK broke all box office records of Indian cinema during the time of its release and was the first film to enter 300 crore club.
Aamir Khan transformed for his character, Mahavir Phogat, from an old fat man weighing 97 Kgs into a young and dynamic man with six packs in Nitesh Tiwary’s wrestling drama, Dangal (2016). Aamir Khan suggested the director Nitesh Tiwari to first shoot the older version of Mahavir Phogat and then shoot the younger version with well-sculpted physique so that once the shooting of Dangal, Aamir will be lean and would be able to maintain himself. Aamir started galloping as much junk food as he could and once the later half of the film was shot, only then he started focusing on his diet and exercise regimen. His fitness trainer Rahul Bhatt “We created a special diet plan for Aamir and it paid off”. Director Nitesh Tiwari, who earlier made Bhootnath Returns was equally impressed. He says ” If a sueperstar like Aamir Khan can show much of passion, our purpose for the film is served”.
It probably took him around 4-5 months to cut the body fat and build the six packs for Dangal, which the biggest blockbuster in the history of Bollywood cinema with Rs 387 crores. Check out the video :-