There are multiple reasons as to why Aamir Khan is referred to as Mr Perfectionist. The actor, filmmaker, philanthropist, director, Aamir has meticulously exhibited a myriad of exemplary work. The actor who turns 48 today has given Hindi cinema a host of fantastic films – path-breaking, delightfully deviant, interesting cinema. Brand Aamir symbolizes reliability, good work and mostly perfection in every aspect of film making.
Koimoi brings to you the reasons what makes Aamir Khan so aptly Mr Perfectionist.
The Elitist Khan
Creating a niche in Bollywood where millions are silenced and shunned every day is hard. Of all the leading actors today, Aamir Khan has carved out a space separate and unattainable for the rest. Not undermining any of our other actors, Aamir Khan has an unparalleled reputation which he guardedly maintains and upholds. He mostly works on one film at a time, channelling his entire focus on a particular film, assuring high-quality work. This man somehow has his way of sucking out the best from the actors he works with, and scripts he works on.
Be it Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai, an unusually uncommon urban story for its times or Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti, he is known to raise the bar of dedication for all his co-actors by obliging them to raise the standard of their work higher. He renders his infectious energy to the film’s script and all his co-actors. When we talk of Crème de le crème in mainstream Bollywood, we foremost are surely referring to Aamir Khan.
The Serious Khan
Of course, he indeed is a man full of wit and humour, but this man takes himself and his work far more seriously than the rest. Box office records and critics, both vouch for Aamir’s seriousness for his work. Mindlessly cashing in his popularity to rake 100 crores, isn’t this man’s style. Revenue, Awards, he rarely busies himself in such flimsy elements. Like a famous character, Ranchod Das Chanchad, he enacted encapsulates it, ‘Baccha Kaabil Bano Kamyabi Jhakk Maarke Piche Ayegi.’
He is so omnipresent in every role he enacts, you can’t obviously miss him. Passion, aggression, virility – his well etched out roles, well-researched ones, makes him simply so perfect!
No Masala, No Cheese
Aamir’s dishes, his films, are so delicious and yet so abundant in intellectual nutrition. He doesn’t use ornate glossy frames and flaunt boisterous biceps compromising on acting. Yes, he does alter his look considerably depending on the requirements of his films, but he never is a part of glossy Bollywood Extravaganza. From the goatie in Dil Chahta Hai to the chiselled pumped-up body in Ghajini – the many faces of the actor is strongly founded in the scripts he chooses. He boastingly doesn’t work in cheesy flicks or regular masala films, perhaps because he has done enough of those in the earlier part of his career. He is arrogantly choosy, yet so versatile, and that makes Aamir, rare phenomena in Bollywood.
Script, Script, Script Alone
The script is indeed the God of every film. And Aamir worships his scripts too hard. Perhaps the only time this man signed a film without reading the script was Dev Anand’s Awwal Number, in which he played a cricketer. Each of his films is different, speaking volumes of his multi-faceted work. Lagaan, set in the post Independence Era giving an unthought-of of newer dimension to non-violent aggression, 3 Idiots sliced out straight from Pink Floyd’s message of Not being Just Another wall in the brick, Taare Zameen Par, fighting the pathos of a child’s dyslexia to prove genius can be manifold and not necessarily academic and many more such exquisite films that will undoubtedly go down in the history of Indian cinema.
The 30-second delightful ad capsules of innumerable Coca Cola, Tata Sky, Titan and Samsung advertisements are almost impossible to forget, mostly because of Aamir Khan. Yaaran Da Tashan Jatt to Doodhwala, Manno Bhabhi to Dinu Kaka, Nepali Sherpa to Bangali Babu, he is a master of advertising and disguises slipping easily into every character he plays. Every ad of his is a mini caricature of life-size characters so well fitted into the limited slot.
He has always harnessed brand image putting it to good use. The goodwill ambassador to the UNICEF and many such humanitarian causes saw a culmination into his first stint at the television. While other contemporaries easily choose anchoring game shows, judging reality shows, he chose an unusual show to launch himself in TV. Satyamev Jayate was a show which brought out the inside closet evils of Indian society naked in public, up for debate and discussion. Bitterly criticized, running into several controversies, Aamir stood staunchly by his belief in the causes he spoke of and his team which worked so hard at lucidly putting together the crucial aspect of an issue, palatable enough for telecast without being a drag. With the humungous success of Season 1, the much-awaited second season of the show is scheduled to go on floors soon.
Aamir Khan has often been criticized by many as arrogant and bossy, yet one cannot simply overlook this man. He is professional, sincere and rejects mediocrity. He has a vision of intellectually uplifted Bollywood that he has been working so hard to create. Perfectionism is a boon and this man does his best to personify it.
Here’s Koimoi’s heartfelt birthday greetings to the man whom we are in awe of. Happy Birthday, Aamir Khan!