I'm not a box office king: Aamir Khan

Published: February 6, 2017
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MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan – who is still soaking in the success of his latest release Dangal – says he doesn’t think that he rules the box-office. “I am not a box-office king. I am only Kiran’s king,” said the actor, who looked to be in seventh heaven after the huge success of his film.

Speaking at the success party on Saturday night, Aamir added that he never chooses films on their potential to do business. “Till today, I have never signed a film on the basis of its capability to do business. I prefer to choose a film from my heart. All the films I’ve done till now are those which touched my heart,” he stated.

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“Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti or Sarfarosh… when I did those films, I never thought they would do such a good business,” Aamir continued. “If you take Dangal as an example, I played the role of an aged and heavy wrestler. There are no romantic songs or any typical formulas for it to become a blockbuster. Therefore, we never predicted that the film would be such a big hit. I would never do films like Dhobi Ghat if I ever thought of doing films for the numbers.”

Asked if he wants to take forward the success internationally, Aamir said that for him, the most respectable award is his audience’s love. “Other than this, I do not think about any other awards.”

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The actor also spoke about the recent attack on the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur. The 51-year-old called the incident an “unfortunate” one. “Taking the law in our own hand is not legal for anyone. What has happened is very wrong and saddening. The people of Rajasthan are very much lovable and sensible. My experience with the people and the place was very good,” he shared. “When a small group of people does this kind of an act, then the entire population gets a wrong name. This is very regrettable,” he said.

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