Sad news from Mumbai, Aamir's father Tahir Hussain has passed away.
Added November 8, 2009:
He's playing a ventriloquist in the next Tata-Sky ad! Here's the IndiaFM news story.
Added October 22, 2009:
Please excuse my having fallen behind by a lot on updates to this section. Please also see #4 here:
1. Video: Aamir on Eid (IndiaFM)
2. Picture Gallery: Aamir hosts Diwali bash (IndiaTimes)
3. Video: Aamir walks the ramp for Salman's 'Being Human' fashion show. (IndiaFM)
4. 3 Idiots Umbrella post added at this link. Also available via icon in sidebar.
Added August 5, 2009:
Here's a cool piece featuring snippets from an interview with Aamir's cousin Nuzhat (Imran's mom). An excerpt: As a brother, Nuzhat says, "Aamir never tries imposing his views on you. He accepts whatever decisions I have taken in life." Nuzhat though has one wish for her brother. "He is terribly vulnerable with people he is close to. I hope he remains like that," she ends.
Added July 18, 2009:
Aamir joined Hillary Clinton at a Teach India event at St. Xaviers College in Mumbai. This Times Of India article (also the picture source) has more. The Teach India initiative asks volunteers to donate two hours a week to teaching poor children. Aamir is a Teach India ambassador, hence his presence. Visit this page at the Bollywood Food Club for much more, including links to pictures and NDTV video from the event! Thank you Sita-ji!
Added July 17, 2009:
This Aamir and Katrina Kaif picture, published recently in Filmfare magazine (thank you Filmi Girl for the scan), has been discussed a lot for the last week and a half. They're posing as Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rahman did for this poster of Pyaasa (1957).
Here's what Aamir had to say (at his blog) about it:
"The photo of Katrina and me is for a coffee table book on romance in Indian Cinema. Its got nothing to do with a film on Guru Dutt."
a. I want that table book! and
b. It would have been nice if it were for a movie! I'd vote for Kajol to play Waheeda, but Katrina and Aamir are looking great here too. Aamir's been asked about a Guru Dutt biopic in the past, and while he hasn't said no, he has always maintained that he has yet to read a final script on any such project. This could get interesting.
Added July 5, 2009:
a. From the Times of India, Aamir on sports he enjoys: Badminton is like ballet dancing: Aamir
b. A new Coca-Cola ad starring Aamir: Watch it at this YouTube link
c. A new and fun Samsung Metro ad, at this YouTube link
d. I'd missed sharing this Tata-Sky ad when I'd shared this earlier. Both star Aamir opposite Gul Panag.
e. Four new Tata Sky ads; good enough, but the one with Gul and especially the one as a Sardar (see 10 April 2009 update below) were way better: Late night sports | Loo film | Side mirror | Kids' exams and cartoons
f. And here's some word on Raakh, of which I have heard very little out there. This Times of India news story says it all, no need to put on more hurt :( I wonder when it'll release on DVD...
Added June 14, 2009:
Celebrating Lagaan Week this week, marking the eighth anniversary of the film. More here.
Added May 25, 2009:
Here's the trailer for Raakh (1989), releasing on DVD (and select screens) in a little over two weeks:
Added May 19, 2009:
Raakh (1989) is finally releasing on DVD! It's the only Aamir movie I haven't seen. More here. This is really exciting!
Added May 5, 2009:
Aamir was in Berlin a couple of days ago, and I'd like to say a big thank you to lizii24 for sharing these videos from the TZP screening there! Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Video 4
Added May 2, 2009:
And following the previous update, here are a couple of interviews with Aamir at or around the polling station in Bandra, Mumbai. Video 1 | Video 2.
Added April 30, 2009:
Here is a news story which discusses Aamir casting his vote in the ongoing national elections in India, although he doesn't endorse a candidate as it says he does. How difficult is fact-based journalism, ye Indian media? This interview to Live India in which he discusses his ideal candidate speaks to his philosophy on leadership. The lesson: Stay away from those who 1) try to buy votes; and 2) segment communities based on religion and caste. He's compared the leadership style to the Divide and Rule mantra of the British Raj, which immediately brings to mind a few of his films. :)
Added April 27, 2009:
My friend Katherine has a wonderful guest post on Rang De Basanti (2006) at this link.
Added April 22, 2009:
Here are Aamir's new Coca-Cola commercials: One and Two. Here's a related news story, which also involves Lyricist Prasoon Joshi. Also see the making of the Tata-Sky commercial shared in the April 10 update.
Added April 10, 2009:
Here's a fantastic Tata-Sky commercial. Thoughts?
Added April 7, 2009:
Here's video of Aamir and Shah Rukh at the press conference on the revenue sharing dispute between producers and distributors, including keynotes by both actors. The intro to the event in the first one by the news anchor is hilarious, but there's nothing hilarious about why they were there. Check them out. And please say a big thank you to SkorpionChik06: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4.
Added April 6, 2009:
Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan are to hold a joint press conference to address a multiplex strike.
The Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) DVD review was added here.
Added April 3, 2009:
Watch all the commercials mentioned in the April 1 update at this YouTube link.
Added April 1, 2009:
Reuters India has an interesting piece at this link, involving Aamir and his production house involved in filming three commercials encouraging individuals to vote in the upcoming elections. "We are not endorsing any political party, we are only asking voters to make an informed choice," he said. Here's the CNN-IBN related story.
The story also mentions Imran Khan, who was also in the news recently for saying he's a big SRK fan! Way to go, dude. Let's hope you say it enough times for the people to *finally* get the point.
Added March 29, 2009:
Watch the Aamir interview on CNN Talk Asia (mentioned in the March 25 update below) at these links: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3. Thank you SkorpionChik!
More on the Tata-Sky commercial (see March 21 update) in this video.
A sequel to Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) is in the works! Nice!
Added March 25, 2009:
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) reviewed here.
Here's the commercial for the Aamir Khan interview on CNN's Talk Asia this week. Here's the CNN.com page on the episode, and a brief CNN.com video of the interview. And according to this article, the interview will air on Saturday, March 28, at 1000 hrs and 2000 hrs Indian Standard Time.
Added March 22, 2009:
From this World Wildlife Fund-India link (here's the global Earth Hour website):
Actor & Filmmaker Aamir Khan joins Earth Hour 2009, as the face of the campaign in India "Climate Change is undoubtedly and regrettably, the biggest immediate long-term environmental challenge we face. A failure to come to sound policy outcomes on climate change will not only have a negative environmental impact but also social and economic consequences for all of us. Stand up and join us in the fight against climate change. Support Earth Hour."
Added March 21, 2009:
Interview with Aamir: Part 1 | Part 2. Fun and fact-based, hear it from him. He's playing a lead role in wife Kiran Rao's directorial debut Dhobhi Ghaat! Woo hoo! The other leads are Prateik Babbar and two (yet to be disclosed) actresses.
Aamir Khan Productions (AKP) update: The next AKP film, after Imran Khan starrer Delhi Belly, is a film based in Bhopal and focusing on the gas tragedy. Here's some related gossip, which also notes Lagaaniite Raghuvir Yadav stars in the lead.
The new Tata-Sky commercial look: Very, very, interesting. The previous one (commercial video included) was quite interesting too. Thank you Pitu for sharing the link.
Ghajini to be re-released in April: Here's the news story. Don't think it'll make its way outside India. The re-release of Jaane Tu after the inclusion of a popular song did not make its way here. Thank you Darshit for the update.
On his 44th birthday: Video 1 | Video 2. An interesting take on birthdays, and a great take on politics and the democratic process. A note on his 3 Idiots diet, and tips on staying young. Some of the questions asked are hilarious, and the clips worth watching for them alone! Thank you SkorpionChik for the videos.
Happy birthday Hindustan Ka Hero, and Ghajini DVD release
The frame is from Rangeela (1995). Happy birthday Aamir Khan! This March 14, let's confer upon you the title of Hindustan Ka Hero. There are few who understand their audience as well as you do, sir, and somehow, I don't think we need more than 21 years of consistency in the sustenance of excellence to appreciate all you've contributed to a medium we love.
I've been thinking of ways to add links to news, interviews, and updates on Aamir on an ongoing basis. There's plenty out there that I've resisted sharing for fear of boring those of you who aren't Aamir fans. So here's what's going to happen. This post will evolve into the Aamir corner (okay, the Aamir-worship corner ;) of this blog. It will be updated often (I hope at least fortnightly) with links to mostly fact-based sources of information*. A link to the post will be made available in the sidebar by the end of next week. The post will also be available at www.HindustanKaHero.com (I know it sounds more like a game show, but still). Added 3/13, 2120 PT: Here are a couple items to start with:
- From here (great take on power): “My relationship with my audience cannot be defined by a number, it cannot be changed no matter what anybody says, and that relationship is proved on a Friday when my films release.”
- Here is a must-read to better understand Aamir's points of view on power, being number one, and his run at the box office.
In other news, the Ghajini (2008) DVD released earlier in the week. On a not entirely unrelated note, here are a couple minutes from Aamir's guest lecture** at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad last month***. A big thank you to my good friend Dr. KB (that's not his real name) for sharing. Discussions here include the role of the test audience, and perceptions of a scene from the 2008 Christmas day release.
And finally, thank you Filmfare Magazine for featuring this blog in the 4 March 2009 issue. Fittingly, it has the ever-lovely Katrina Kaif on the cover! Below is the section on page 120. Here's the next page. Here's the post featured. There's no other film I'd rather be associated with, if only as a fan :)
* I'll try not to succumb to the allures of an Aamir v. SRK debate. That'll be too easy :P
** In other news, I realized a few days ago that I might just have attended the wrong business school and in the wrong country****.
*** I hope the students were required to read The Spirit of Lagaan by Satyajit Bhatkal. It's a Project Management classic which discusses the supply chain of Lagaan, and the numerous touch points being referred to in this lecture at IIMA. More importantly, for those of us external to the film industry, it's a magnificent eye-opener.
**** That's not true, of course. :)