Aamir Khan is one of the most successful Bollywood actors we have. He made his debut with a film called Holi back in 1984 and has been entertaining us ever since. He is also a producer and his trade knowledge in pretty deft. In a past interview to Mid-day, the actor spoke about box office numbers and its relation to stardom. He said, “There are many yardsticks for measuring how popular a star is. Copying someone’s style is one of them. I remember when Mr. Bachchan became a huge star, I wanted to get bell-bottoms made like his. For me, it is essentially about how many seats one fills. It means that people love you and your work, and now they want to go and experience it. That's important.”
On measuring an actor's stardom, the actor said, “We often measure stardom by how big an actor's commercial successes have been. That is a faulty method. PK or Dangal's business has to do with how great those films and their scripts were. It's incorrect to attribute that to my stardom. My stardom comes into play when I make a bad film that people don't want to watch. They still come because of my name. So if you want to measure an actor's stardom, you should check out how well his flop does.”
The actor added, “From the time I was seven, I remember reading Trade Guide and other box-office journals. We would check out the figures of dad(Tahir Hussain)’s films, and there would be a circuit-wise break up. Within the industry, the (box-office) knowledge was always there, since cinema has always been around as a business. Today, mainstream media is picking up box-office figures, and that's a choice you're making.”
Well, doesn’t he make a lot of sense? Tweet to us @bollywood_life and let us know.
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