Aamir Khan talks about Oscar hopes for TZP, hype around Ghajini and his future plans with Rajan Singh
Merely on the basis of a phone we cannot say this that because all the best films from the world will go over there. I really felt happy that the panel chief of the Oscars really liked the film and called me up. I am pretty sure that he must have liked the film a lot and thats why he called me up. I still remember that I had met him first at the Oscars when Lagaan was nominated. He had organized a dinner for us and at that time I did not knew that he too was part of the jury. But this all does not mean that the film will be nominated for the Oscars. We have to wait till 22nd January. As far as awards are concerned, Oscars have been very fair, but I am always more interested in the response of my audience.
Are you jittery about the Oscars outcome of your film?
Not at all. If the academy likes the film then I will be happy.
Coming finally to your recent film, is Ghajini a remake of Memento?
The story of Ghajini is very different from Memento. Once you have seen the film then you will realize this. Its a different film altogether. And the only thing, which connects the two films, is the concept of short-term memory. But again the concept of short-term memory has been used before in so many films. The character suffers from short-term memory loss and thats why he writes things and takes photographs and only this part is similar. Memento had a similar character and apart from this everything is different.
Ok, can you foresee that how long will Ghajini go in terms of success?
This film of mine is very different from the films, which I have done before. Its for the first time that I am doing a mainstream hard core action film. I am pretty sure that the expectations of people will be pretty high, as they will get to see me in a new avatar. I am anticipating that everything will turn out to be good only. I have also been told that the opening of the film is almost historic but again they only tell you about the expectation of the people. Real test will come into play only after people have seen the first show this Friday.
Also, the whole world knows that you and SRK are close buddies then why do you always make digs at each other.
Actually SRK is one person who loves cutting jokes. I always keep mum, he comments about me once, twice, thrice and then I too comment something on him. I have utmost respect for his work and I think he is a very successful actor. The work he does is very good and thoroughly entertains his audiences. I wish him all the best.
Aamir, if you were to adapt one film from Hollywood and make it into Hindi which film would that be?
I think that film would be Forrest Gump. If I were to ever get a chance then I would like to adapt this film. We will procure rights from the producers and then make this film.
Now your body is another asset of yours, did you make such a physical appearance of yours to outdo few actors of our film industry?
No, I did not want to outdo anybody. I was starting from scratch and thus I had no hopes of outdoing anybody. I felt that I should do something that my director feels happy with.
Ok, did Murugadoss place any condition before he began the film that a powerful muscular body is essential for the film?
No there was no any condition laid by the director. I think there was no any condition placed on me because the director had faith in me. I think that he was aware of the fact that it was my responsibility as an actor, which I had to fulfill. I had also spoken to Surya from the Tamil version about this film.
Ok what was Salman Khans reaction on your body?
Yes, he told me that he really liked my body.
Also after the first promo of the film was released, people called on the number that were mentioned on your body, that must have been created some inconvenience to few people?
Its very unfortunate that such a thing happened and obviously the entire unit of the film was very upset about this. But there was no any deliberate intention as such and it all happened by mistake. We apologized to them.
Did you manage to see RNBDJ?
I have yet to see the film.
What was Kirans reaction on seeing your body?
Actually I never asked for her opinion but I think she thought that I was looking hot.
Lastly you have planned your marketing and promotion activity of Ghajini in such a way that it coincided with the release of RNBDJ, was it all deliberate?
As far as our film is concerned we are doing our promotions and marketing activity in such a way that its centered only on our film. Its just a coincidence that, two weeks before RNBDJ was released. Ghajini was supposed to release in October but because of my injury the release got pushed on for a later date and no matter when a film is released the activities pertaining to that film will start only two week before the release of that film.
Thanks a ton.