The T Word

Aamir Khan on Talaash, Technology & Time out

Posted: 21.11.12

One of the things we most look forward to in Winter is watching an Aamir Khan movie. In 2007 he gave us the moving Taare Zamen Par, captivated audiences in 2008 with the gripping Ghajini and made the world smile in 2009 with the hit comedy 3 Idiots. This year film fans are already hooked just from watching the trailers of this month’s release Talaash.
Directed by Reema Kagti, the film sees Aamir play a policeman alongside Rani Mukerjee and Kareena Kapoor. But so far very little of the plot is known, other than the film is a suspense. We tried our best to get Aamir Khan to spill a few more beans….

So Aamir…sum up the film in three words!
Three words? Hmmmmmmmm. Suspense. With a strong emotional angle.

That’s just over three words. But we’ll let you off! Tell us about the character you’re playing.
He’s a cop and he has a very dramatic case to investigate. But he’s also ridden with guilt. He has a lot of unresolved issues and baggage that come with him. But this is important to the story.

Is he the kind of person you would be friends with?
……Good question! Well yes. I imagine I could be friends with him, I make friends easily but he’s not very open and doesn’t make friends easily. It would be more difficult for him.

Speaking of friends, what can you tell us about your best friend?
I do have one. A best friend is important. They are someone who understands you, shares your happiness, helps when you are in trouble and is someone you can depend on.

We don’t see many suspense dramas in Bollywood, will the audience go for it?
We’ve not seen them in a while, since the 1960s, but they were popular then. This film is a suspense but by the end of it, you realise it’s actually also about loss. We’ve all lost someone close, or will do, and the film is about coming to terms with that loss.

What was it like working with Reema?
She is a fantastic director who knows what she wants. I found her to be perceptive. She pointed out layers in the characters that we didn’t see.

You’ve been promoting the film the Talaash app…what’s your favourite gadget?
No! I’m not a techy person and am not tech savvy at all! I stay away from machines!

You’ve recently come back from Hajj. What was it like?
An enriching experience….one of most valuable moments of life. It was also a very cathartic experience. I'm glad I was able to take my mother. She had wanted to go for a while and I’m pleased I was able to do this for her.

We don’t hear too much about Aamir downtime, what non-filmi things do you get up to?
Reading books, chatting to friends and sleeping!

It’s coming up to your son’s first birthday. Congratulations! What do you have planned?
He’s a very happy kid and we are very blessed to have him. His first birthday will be a quiet, family affair.

Taalash is released November 30th.
Interview by Momtaz Begum-Hossain


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