As I left the theatre with teary eyes, Dangal’s title track in Daler Mehndi’s powerful voice was still inciting my heart. I, completely drenched in the aura of Mahavir Singh Phogat, anxiously questioned myself, “Where was Aamir in the film?”
Promptly, my heart, completely dangal-ed in thoughts, replied, “Aamir was not in the film at all”. That very moment of realization summed up Aamir’s impeccable performance. He intensively and flawlessly becomes the character and only a few possess this astonishing quality in Bollywood.
It may sound cliché but Aamir truly is a ‘perfect’ actor.
So, what makes Aamir and his films entice such an epitome of emotions and connect with people so easily?
Aamir is not a star, he is an actor who acts for the people.
Aamir’s career has not been shaped by any romantic open arm move or wacky towel dance. Only films and films have defined his credibility. His films rotate around genuine characters and the way he adds life in every frame is remarkably engaging. His versatile expressions are a gift to Indian cinema.
The eyes say a thousand words.
Whereas Shah Rukh and Salman have huge star power which sometimes overpowers their character and makes it look tainted with their real life traits. Have you ever heard a police officer saying, “Hum yahan ke Robinhood hai … Robinhood Pandey?” Naah! There is no honest touch which makes us believe that Salman is actually playing a cop, it appears that he is wearing a nicely tucked designer vardi and the VFX team is doing the rest.
And we feel like smirking, “Yeh kya hai? Aur acting kaha hai?”
What urge us to buy tickets for Aamir Khan’s film?
Leaving his acting talent aside, his films are consistently empowering the youth. Thus, without a doubt, we are not just buying tickets, we are buying a lesson for life. Aamir made us realize that entertainment shouldn’t be though out in terms of flying cars, exotic locations or drool-worthy six-pack item songs. Entertainment can be an expression of reality and an expression of change.
They say a film should be paisa vasool but in Aamir’s case, it is paisa plus gyaan vasool.
Be it ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘3 Idiots ‘or ‘Dangal’, these films are not remembered for the money they made but how deeply they impacted our society. We leave the theatre with more than just an empty packet of popcorn.
He is not a commercial actor yet his movies are commercially more successful than the other Khans.
We are bombarded with brain hemorrhaging rom-coms and mirch masala entertainment every Friday. Therefore, our heart longs for a unique, captivating and unusual story. Even though there are diverse, socially relevant films that are beautifully scripted releasing every month but the lavish marketing of ‘Chopra’ and ‘Johars’ hide their shine.
Thus, when an actor like Aamir experiments something out-of-the-league and blends it with his talent, it becomes a commercial weapon. Smart player, Aamir!
Needless to say, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan are not idiots but it is Aamir who is running high on kaamyabi.