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In search of perfection!

June 8, 2022, 4:24 p.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 172 views)

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"We all are men, in our own natures frail, and capable of our flesh; few are angels".

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William Shakespeare, Henry VIII

While he may not be an angel, Amir Khan is definitely a living legend in the world of Hindi cinema.There is a buzz of expectation as Bollywood Superstar Aamir Khan released the trailer of his upcoming movie Laal Singh Chaddha on May 29th, during the finale of the cricket world cup.

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An official adaptation of Tom Hanks-starrer Forest Gump, the film also stars Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya.

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There have been some negative reactions on Twitter with someone annoyed at his fake Punjabi accent, while certain internet users have dubbed Khan's performance "an extension of Dhoom 3 and PK". Others think the Indian adaptation of Tom Hanks' film version to be a 'mistake.'

However, almost everyone is waiting for the film's release on August 11, 2022.Amir khan has a large global following, especially in India and China, and has been described by Newsweek as "the biggest movie star" in the world. He has been regularly listed among The 500 Most Influential Muslims of the world.

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He has the magical power to consistently open movies, based on the strength of his name alone and has been scaling new heights with almost every film for at least a decade.

I read somewhere that way back in 2015, Steven Spielberg introduced Aamir to Tom Hanks as ‘James Cameron of India’ on the sets of "Bridge of Spies'.

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Speilberg said that just like James Cameron breaks his own box office records, so does Aamir to which Tom Hanks also said that he loved Aamir’s 2009 film 3 Idiots and that he had seen it as many as 3 times! I couldn't verify the authenticity of Hanks's statements but it does feel good that all over the world people have enjoyed the film. 3 Idiots garnered many awards and nominations in a variety of categories.

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Known for his consistent performances and intelligent choice of scripts, his insistence on a complete script before shooting and working on only one film at a time patiently has earned him the sobriquet 'Mr.Perfection' in the Bombay film industry. Just like a chameleon, he fits into the various characters he plays with ease. The actor never stops until he gets the perfect shot, perfect film and perfect character makeover. From PK to Dangal he has shown a tremendous body transformation. In PK he was all lean and skinny, and on the other hand, for Dangal he showed up in two avatars one obese and one of a fit athlete. If the role demands, Aamir can go to any length, to transform himself; in ‘Dangal’ he put on some 20 kilos, to play the old wrestler and then reduced the same, to play the young guy, even though it was just for one scene!

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He keeps impressing his audience with not just his performances but also his sheer dedication to his art.Amir appeared in several youthful romantic roles but in the mid-1990s began playing characters in a variety of genres. His flair for comedy earned particular praise in such films as Andaz apna apna (1994)Rangeela (1995)  and Ishq (1997).

Amir's role in Raja Hindustani (1996), got him a Filmfare Award for best actor.

For his performance in Lagaan, Khan won another Filmfare Award.

Khan won his third Best Actor award at Filmfare for Dangal.

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He went on to get  the Best Film award for Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par  and Dangal, and the Best Director award for Taare Zameen Par. He has also won four National Film Awards, as an actor in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Raakh (1989), the producer of Lagaan (2004), and the director-producer of Taare Zameen Par. The film 3 idiots was a roaring success at the box office, catapulting Amir into the 400 crore plus club.

In 2010, Amir khan released Peepli Live, which was selected as India's official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film category.

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He also created and hosted the television talk show Satyamev Jayate, dealing with socio-economic issues.The first season of Satyamev Jayate was premiered in May 2012 on various channels within Star Network along with Doordarshan's national channel & soon he appeared on the TIME cover in 2012, with the title read "Khan's Quest: He's breaking the Bollywood mould by speaking out against India's social ills. Can an actor change a nation?"

At that time, Amir convinced us to think about certain socioeconomic issues & question the status quo.

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However, in 2006, Aamir Khan lent his support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan movement, led by activist Medha Patkar which created a lot of ill will against him in the political circle.

There was an unofficial ban against his film "Fanaa" in Gujarat with Protests against the film and Khan, which included burning posters of him but he refused to back down.

Later on in 2013/14 he again courted political controversy with his statement of feeling insecure in his country which caused an immense backlash against the actor and his popularity nosedived.Amir Khan was awarded the Padma Shri in 2003 & Padma Bhushan in 2010.

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Despite having won numerous awards and honors, Aamir Khan is known for refusing to attend, or accept awards from, Indian film award ceremonies. This has occasionally led to controversy, notably at the 2017 National Film Awards, where Khan was snubbed by the jury for his performance in Dangal. Committee member Priyadarshan explained that they did not want to award him because of his refusal to attend the award ceremony.

Aamir Khan was approached to make his wax statue in London by Madame Tussauds but he declined to say that he wasn't interested. He added that he leaves behind things that don't interest him, as he has so many things to do.

He has a knack for promoting his films. From being one of the first few people to use alternative methods to promote a film, he’s turned it into something of a norm for the industry and into a whole business idea.The promotion of his new film "Lal Singh Chadda" has started in a quirky manner which is so typical of him.Salvador Dali once said "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it".

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.Amir Khan's pursuit of excellence is bold, wild, beautiful, innovative and imperfectly magical.I have always believed that the amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act; mostly hard work, grit & determination. Persistence & patience have helped Amir reach stardom & lady luck smilingly walks hand in hand.

The habit of creativity is more powerful than talent alone and Amir Khan's creativity uses ideas we understand to give us something we've never experienced before.


Comments (5)

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AnonymousUser 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Looking forward to Amir's new film...lal singh chadda.
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AnonymousUser 3 weeks, 2 days ago
My favourite actor.He is Mr.perfection!
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AnonymousUser 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Don't like this person at all. He might be perfectionist whatever, he has insulted us doctors in the past and also Hindu sentiments. Since long time not watching his movies and have been requesting everyone to boycott his movies and products advertised by him. Also his family members used to feel unsafe in India, why he is still here making movies? His Turkish connection with anti India elements also well known.
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AnonymousUser 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Very well written article. I love his movies.
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AnonymousUser 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Amir is the best among the 3 khans!