Tamil Audiences Make Me Nervous: Aamir Khan - The New Indian Express

Tamil Audiences Make Me Nervous: Aamir Khan

Published: 17th December 2013 09:14 PM

Last Updated: 18th December 2013 11:58 AM

He's widely regarded as one of the boldest actors, filmmakers and talk show hosts in the country, and yet, Aamir Khan admitted that film goers in Tamil Nadu made him nervous. On a whirlwind tour of South India to promote Dhoom 3, which releases this weekend, the 'demure' Khan said, "I have to admit that I'm really nervous about how audiences across Tamil Nadu will receive this film. I've done lots of films but not many of them would have reached people through the state, because they were never released in Tamil.

Incidentally, Dhoom 3 is the first in the action-franchise that is being dubbed and released in Tamil. "A lot of people will be seeing me in a film for the first time and that is why I'm feeling like a newcomer all over again," he said with a laugh, adding that audiences here were known to be knowledgeable and discerning with their taste for good cinema.

Satyameva Jayate, his superhit talk show that exposed several social issue across the country may have succeeded in giving him the image of being a 'socially conscious' Bollywood star, but Aamir dismissed that as an illusion, "Who ever said that I don't like to do commercial films? Most of my films have been commercial and they've made money for the people who made them. Not all my films need to have a social message and I'm pefectly OK with that," said the Lagaan star, adding that he wasn't letting down 'his' audiences because they really didn't expect him to make a certain kind of film.

Despite being accompanied by Bollywood heavyweights Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Uday Chopra, Aamir stole the show as he was the most sought after star on Tuesday evening. Modestly enough, Aamir acceded that Amartya Sen's statement that the media spent too much time on them (The 3 Khans - Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir) instead of key issues like education, was spot on.

'I fell in love with Rajinikanth'

Like Shah Rukh Khan and several other Bollywood actors who have taken the populist route and declared that their favourite Tamil actor is Rajinikanth, Aamir did one better: he said that his career had been influenced by the South Indian star ever since he acted with in the 1995 film Aatank Hi Aatank, "I've been a fan since I saw him in two Hindi films many years ago, Uttar dakshan and Geraftaar. I was very thrilled and I was nervous because he was a huge star and I was a young actor. The way he behaved and how he is as a human being had a deep impact on me. He was warm, loving, non-star like and extremely punctual and was always in a good mood. I fell in love with him," he said.

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