I had a crush on Aamir

DESPITE BEING PART of the Indian film industry since 1995 Rani Mukherjee says she still considers herself a learner.

By (PTI)

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Published: Mon 26 Nov 2012, 9:27 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:14 PM

“I have always treated myself as a youngster or learner in front of two people – Aamir and Shah Rukh. I do look up to them. I may not be shy in front of them anymore but I learn a lot from them,” Rani said in an interview.

“When they suggest anything it’s important for me to take it. Because I know what they are suggesting is for my own good,” she added.

“Aamir is somebody whose film is like compulsorily to be seen. If you know it is an Aamir Khan movie then you have to go and watch, irrespective of whether you like the promo or not,” Rani said.

“If people watch an Aamir Khan film it is because he has created an image for himself. That is because of his single-minded focus for his work and his dedication. The kind of films he chooses to do have made an impact in peoples’ lives,” she added.

Rani first teamed up with Aamir in 1998 for Vikram Bhatt’s Ghulam.

“I am a huge Aamir Khan fan. I had a crush on him when I saw Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. When I did Ghulam with him I used to look at his shoes as I used to be tensed. I was very nervous while doing romantic scenes with him,” the actress said.

“Over the years, Aamir and I have built a friendship which, I would like to believe, is for life. I think I will be attending his 80th birthday,” she said.

Now that Rani would be again seen opposite Aamir in Reema Kagti’s upcoming suspense drama Talaash, she feels Aamir has become a bigger star today.

“When I was a newcomer he was a huge star. And today I work with him after 17 years, he is still a much bigger star,” she said.

“His focus, dedication and sincerity towards his craft, his approach towards filmmaking, performance and character, has only become greater with time. He was as focused and dedicated then, as he is now,” she said.

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