‘I have become more sensitive to my children’

MR PERFECTIONIST Aamir Khan, who is eagerly waiting for the release of Ghajini was in the city to receive the award for the Best Debut Director of 2007 from the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation for Taare Zameen Par.

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Published: Thu 14 Aug 2008, 10:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:50 PM

The award comprises a cash prize of 1.25 lakh and a memento. The actor who does not attend any award functions said he was here since he deeply valued this organisation. “I am really happy to receive this award and I feel honoured. I doubt you will see me in any more award functions,” he added.

When asked about his experience in Taare Zameen Par, the actor said that he instantly fell in love with the script. “Acting with 40 children was demanding but I had so much fun. Initially, the kids were all excited to see me. Gradually, we became very good friends.”

When asked whether he was doing any other sensitive subjects, he said, “Not yet, I am still looking for a good script. The good old formula of dance and romance is not working anymore. We have to attempt different stories.

After Taare Zameen Par, I have become more sensitive to my children. In the mad rush of our lives, we often forget to connect with our children.”

Are Hindi films cut off from reality? “The primary responsibility of cinema is to entertain. It should also bring about a social change and provoke thoughts. I like to be part of films that are both realistic and entertaining. I agree that there is a sharp divide between urban and rural audiences. I am fortunate to have been part of both.”

The movie has been dubbed in Tamil and Telugu and actor Surya has dubbed for Aamir in the Tamil version.

“People want peace. It is sad that even some of our politicians are creating a rift between people. We citizens should send a strong message that we do not want to be divided. If a person injects poison into our mind, we, in turn, should spread love. This is my Independence Day Message.”

He also feels that a film should have a good script to succeed. “A film succeeds due to the subject and not the actor.

Star value does help a film in the beginning but if the subject fails to impress then the film does not work well. A film succeeds on its own strength,” he added.

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