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Last Updated 18.03.2019 | 7:32 PM IST
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Aamir breaks his silence

Aamir Khan, one amongst the talented names this side of the Atlantic, has been in the limelight all the while. Even if he never spoke to the press or issued outrageous statements to remain in the public eye, the columns continued to devote ample space to the actor. He continued to make news, on personal issues and professionally as well. Aamir is sporting a new look these days. His shoulder-length hair and a thick moustache instantly bring to your mind the role he is portraying in THE RISING. When is he returning back to his ‘normal’ looks? “That’s going to take time. Till I don’t complete THE RISING,” he informs me. THE RISING is nearing completion stages, but Aamir hasn’t seen a frame of it yet. “I’ll watch it once it gets completed. A few days’ work is still pending. But I hope to watch the first cut by August. Only when I feel that the work is complete will I cut my hair,” he smiles. It’s been almost three years since an Aamir Khan starrer has released. “Yes, DIL CHAHTA HAI was released in August 2001, so it’ll be more than three-and-a-half years by the time THE RISING makes it to the marquee [THE RISING is slated for release some time in January 2005]. It’s been quite a gap,” he ponders awhile. Was it intentional? Didn’t Aamir always propagate the concept of one film a year? “The gap between my last film and this one has been immense. It just happened… Yes, I always desire a gap between two of my films, but nothing exciting came my way after DIL CHAHTA HAI. And then suddenly THE RISING happened,” he divulges. There’s Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s RANG DE BASANTI as well. “That’s another subject that excited me considerably. This film will roll once I am through with THE RISING,” he states. Ironically, both THE RISING and RANG DE BASANTI [PAINT IT YELLOW] are being made in Hindi and English versions simultaneously. Is it a definite strategy to look at Hollywood? “It’s a sheer coincidence that the two films hold international appeal. But I am very clear about the films I associate with — they should appeal to the Hindustani audience first and foremost. My target audience will always be the Indian market,” he states firmly. And what’s the latest on the home-production front? Why hasn’t Aamir Khan Productions announced any film after LAGAAN? “Perhaps, I am not cut out to be a film producer. I haven’t received my monies from some distributors of LAGAAN. I am not tactful enough to deal with distributors… [pauses for a while] One of the reasons for not starting a home-production could also be attributed to the fact that I haven’t come across a script that would really excite me,” he admits.

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