Aamir Khan : “SRK is upset because his films have not done well”

In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Aamir Khan talks about his rivalry with Shahrukh Khan, on him being number one at the box-office and his upcoming films. Read the interview and post your comments below

• What do you think about the recent Filmfare poll, according to which you are now the most powerful man in the industry?

I am happy that they have liked and acknowledged my work but honestly speaking, I am not really interested in power. I think it’s important to know what one can really do with the power. According to me, power is how one uses it. I can be very powerful but if I can’t use it for any good or can’t contribute to the industry then I am actually powerless. I would like to use my power by working with new directors, giving new actors to the industry and making experimental films.

• Don’t you think the success of Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini and the opening collections of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, which interestingly you didn’t even star in, has made you even more powerful?

Could be. Ghajini has gone on to become the biggest success of Indian cinema. The collection has already crossed Rs 270 crore. The three films that I have produced (Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par and Jaane Tu Ya JaaneNa) have all been super hits. Even as an actor, my strike rate has been quite good. Since 2000, all my films have worked except Mangal Pandey. Being a creative person, I want my work to be done and want people to love me for my work. To attain that, I don’t want to do anything that’s underhand. Neither do I want to influence or manipulate the media. After genuinely doing good work consistently, it is for people to decide if they like you or not. Once you strike a relationship with the audience through your work, numbers become unimportant. No one can change that.

• You were called the marketing king when ushers sported the Ghajini look during the screening of Shah Rukh Khan’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

It was a good marketing gimmick. I think promoting a film with another films is the best way as you really get to know your target audience. Usually, people promote their film in a multiplex through promos or posters but when people walked into multiplexes and saw 50 Ghajinis around them especially with the film just two weeks away from release, it created a buzz. That it was done during Rab Ne… helped.

• But it also created a war of words between you and SRK.

I have been working in the industry for over two decades and I have never made any comments about anybody. However, over the years I noticed that Shah Rukh has been repeatedly talking about me publicly. In all fairness, I too decided not to remain quiet and respond to him publicly.

• In his recent interviews, Shah Rukh sounds bitter about you. For instance, he has said that his kids will never be your fans or that his dog refuses to be called Aamir.

Let me say one thing clearly, no matter what Shah Rukh tells his children, I will tell my kids to always love and respect him. What he teaches his children is entirely up to him. I can understand that he is bitter as his films have not done well. I have only have warm regards for him and wish him all the very best. I do understand that Shah Rukh works very hard and gives a number of interviews, which I think is a wonderful quality. I think he is upset as his films have not done as well as he expected them to but I wish him all the success he deserves.

• Now that you have dethroned him in the power list, will there be another war of words between the two of you?

I am least interested in dethroning him. He can be very happy with all the thrones and all the crowns. I am not interested in any of them. He has never hesitated in making fun of me. Even in his films he has made fun of Manoj Kumar and Dev Anand. It shows that he has a great sense of humour but where does it all go when I say humorous things about him?

I remember him saying in one of his interviews that he was joking about calling himself No.1. I find it very funny as I have never seen anyone proclaiming, ‘I am No.1’. Neither did Sachin Tendulkar ever say that he is No 1 nor did Lata Mangeshkar. Take any field for that matter, Vishwanathan Anand never says that he is the best and I don’t think Dilip Kumar or Raj Kapoor ever said that. I am saying all this in a lighter vein so he too should take my comments lightly. I think that his sense of humour suddenly disappears when it comes to me.

• Ever since the fight between Shah Rukh and Salman happened, everyone wants to know whose friend you are?

I find this very funny. I am quite friendly with Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukerjee, Shah Rukh and Salman. Akshay (Kumar) and Saif (Ali Khan) too are my friends. I have so many friends. I meet all of them once in a while and there is nothing more to it than that.

• You and Salman seem to be bonding more these days.

Not really. It has always been like this and it all depends on who is free and when. We have impromptu meetings. There is no ulterior motive when we meet and there is no point for anybody to get paranoid. Come what may, I would not want anyone’s film to flop. I am this industry’s child. My father has been a producer and my uncle has been a director. There are so many people involved in the making of a film and how it fares affects everyone be it the director, unit members, exhibitors and even ushers in the theatres. I want everyone’s film to do well, and our meetings are not about discussing anyone’s failure or success.

• There are also reports that you meet Akshay quite often to discuss the number one game.

I am not interested in this number game. I don’t even discuss this with anyone as it does not concern me. As far as I am concerned, my favourite star is Amitabh Bachchan and for me he is the number one. It ends at that. Akshay is my friend and so is Twinkle and yes, we do meet but it has got nothing to do with the number game.

• Coming to your work, you are producing three films simultaneously.

As an actor I am only doing two films- 3 Idiots and Kiran’s Dhobi Ghat where I play an artiste. As a producer, I have completed the shooting of Dhobi Ghat, Delhi Belly and one more film directed by Anusha Rizvi. These three films are extremely unusual and challenge the limits of mainstream cinema.

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107 Comments

  • I’m totally confused to comment about this…my mind is now wordless. May other readers give comments after reading…..

  • I’m in a shock. It’s such roughness. Such obvious envy and jealousy. Ааmir can’t reconcile that SRK has the millions of admirers over the world.

  • Shahrukh didn’t teach his kids bad stuff.. not to love uncle Aamir.. but his kids stopped loving him since he called his dog “Shahrukh” he made them angry.. he made me angry too and lost my respect for Aamir, what he said wasn’t funny at all.. Aamir meant it, to humiliate shahrukh, and that proves that he’s the jealous actor because Shahrukh was at no. 1 for long years, and Aamir could never make it, except last year. Everyone knows that when Shahrukh said ( I am number 1) he didn’t mean it, it was his sense of humour as usual.. Shahrukh always make jokes while he’s at any interview.. if Aamir would take that sentence seriously, so it shows Aamir’s jealousy & hate for shahrukh.

    And Shahrukh’s Rabne banade Jodi is a blockbuster movie.. who said that all his latest movies didn’t do well at the box office?! Billu didn’t work only.

  • Well to be fair to Aamiir .. SRK was taking potshots at Aamir for a very long time and its abt time someone gives iit back to him .. Now you should not make fun of others if you cant take it when others make fun of u .. I remember SRK making fun of Aamir in 2006 filmfare awards saying that Aamir only goes for oscars .. Well that was totally uncalled for .. Thats aamir’s personal choice .. SRK dont have any rights to take potshots on him in award functions .. Aamir started givin him a dose of his own medicine since 2008 only .. Neways this is what SRK said in his last interview

    “You take the biggest brand in the country that is SRK and then use that platform to publicize yourself. I think Aamir rocks. The problem is that I cannot use another brand because there is no one bigger than me,” SRK had said.”

    Now here SRK is showing how arrogant he is. There is no sign of humility in him. I think Aamir made some very valid points here.

  • about this comment i wana say just a little bit .. about aamir khann … he now very well about shahrukhkhann n his papulerity around the world…. when he hit shahrukhkhann … all the media n news paper go to ammir side n ammir khann get chance to papuler him self n interact with media ..
    about shahrukkhakhann dont want to media attention….
    he now him self very well ……
    but in erlly 90s no one now about amir khann n just 2 khanns in the india of top list salman n shahrukhkhann … so now a days he want to papuler him self .. so he now
    there for he always hit shahrukhkhann to get media attention thanks
    its me khann

  • i think aamir is just jealous of srk(king khan) aamir cant see the great rise of srk in this flim industry i used to respect aamir a lot but after he said such disrespectful words i just got shoked,’is this the way perfectionist talk’ aamir just want media attention to make himself popular

  • Amir has proven that he is very very very jealous and angry about SRK. How dare he can say “he is upset as his films have not done as well as he expected” ? Ghajini may be the biggest hit of the year. But Rab ne is the 2nd biggest hit of the year. Both Chak de and OSO did quite good business last year.

    I hate Amir for talking rubbish about SRK. Obviously SRK is having much more fans than Amir all around the world. He’s just jeolous that he can never be the king. He won’t be called the King Khan just because he had just one biggest hit of one year. SRK has made the biggest hits in so many years. Amir, Remember SRK will break all the records of Ghajini. Wait till “My name is Khan” releases.

  • Well some of the comments here are laughable .. like that of Khannn .. no one knows aamir in 90s .. Have you not watched andaz apna apna, jo jeeta wohi sikander, dil, sarfarosh, etc etc etc .. the list is too long .. so sorry khann but aamir has as many good movies to his credit as SRK (mind this I loved many of SRKs movies of 90s like baazigar, darr, raju ban gaya gentlemen, DDLJ thats why i said ‘as many’) .. only difference between the both was that SRK widely marketed himself which Aamir or Salman never did .. thats why he climbed up the ladder while others din put so much effort .. Aamir always believed in quality work rather than marketing himself and fighting for top spots

    But lately I dont know maybe after marriage kiran changed him .. and made him understand his brand value thats why now aamir started marketing himself .. and believe when I say that whatever SRK does Aamir can do it better

    Though I dont want him to make fun of SRK because of only 1 reason .. that is he didnt need to stoop as low as SRK .. Aamir just keep up ur good work and give us more movies like Lagaan, RDB and Sarfarosh .. And yes abt being jealous .. there is no reason for him to be jealous because

    1. he gave the biggest hit of all time
    2. he is on top of power list
    3. his first directional venture TZP was widely acclaimed critically as well as a big box office hit
    4. his films as a producer (TZP, JTYJN) were both hugely successful

    So all in all he proved that he is a GREAT ACTOR, EXCELLENT PRODUCER and a very TALENTED DIRECTOR .. what more can you ask of a person in film industry

  • @Anupama
    Bravo!!!! I totally agree with you. Unfortunately my english is disgusting and I can’t describe my feelings so clearly like you.

  • aamir khan hates shah rukh khan, and shah rukh khan hates aamir khan. and they both hate each other !

    so, now lets all hate each other on this forum and abuse each other to death. its all about hating and jealousy. so lets all get at it and trash each other into oblivion. lets all do it folks. and someone please get me a can of beer while your all at it. this is crazy i tell you, seriously crazy. yeah really crazy i tell you people, serious nonsense.

    lets all start doing it. our big stars are doing it, so why not us ? lets all get at it boys and girls. come on. so whos going to start first ?
    these stars are so ‘big’ aren’t they ? they are really ‘big’ people, yeah. we must copy them.

  • Aamir is a pig’s shit which stinks badly…………. He is simply jealous of SRK. He can never in his lyf achieve wat SRK did…. For me aamir is a follower of Satan…….nd cn never feel gud abt any1……..so he needs to be pitied.. …

  • u know i have to say one thing weather it goes unnoticed but i have to say that how come someone compare amir to SRK who just got too much whatever papularity??where the hell that guy Amir khan was twenty years back ?? how can he compare himself with SRK who is rulin the boxoffice for so many years now,just one Good year for amir khan and he is the ace..??waoo soundz really fun…he learned all the promoting techniques for SRK!!He is extremly jealous nothing else and one can say easily after readin his interview that amir tu Farishta hai and SRK is Shaitaan..;););)…Bottom line is amir is loosin his respect rapidly now..and ya mr RONNIE i wanna tell u one thing if amir’s movie is the biggest hit then what about SRK who has givin big hits every year …come on use ur common scence.!!!

  • It’s okay for SKR to have a go at everyone. WHY………because he has made himself a “self” proclaimed king of Bollywood. He always has issues with actors doing better than himself. He always has nasty, stupid, unintelligent things to say because he can’t handle people acting better than him. For a man who preaches how he teaches his children to pray in both islam and do hindu ritual…………….he should rather teach his children to repect and not look down at the next as been inferior the another. He’s dog doesn’t answer to the name “Aamir” only for one reason…………SKR is so full of himself that he even named his dog SRK.

  • Meela: just shut up, and don’t say any bad word about Shahrukh… your bollywood is (nothing) without him in it.. Do u think Aamir Khan would represent bollywood?! He’s a good actor but can’t take shahrukh’s place in people’s heart.. Do u think Hrithik Roshan would represent Bollywood? Hrithik is a very good actor but no one has shahrukh’s charisma, charm.. he’s everything in bollywood and he’s not a jealous person.. apparently that u never watch him talking during any interviews.. Shahrukh got a good heart.. he loves to be the best but doesn’t mind if his colleagues would be also the best.. that’s shahrukh, and he never teaches his kids any bad stuff.. if he as a muslim was in love with a hindu girl and had to marry her.. so what else could he have done?!! If he’d teach his kids not fo follow their mom’s religion, it’d affect his relationship with her.. so he’d to leave them to decide themselves.. he got Quran as well as a temple in his house.. he taught his kids the following: “this is my religion and that’s your mother’s” means they have to decide for themselves and follow the religion they like.

    Shahrukh said that even his dog doesn’t want to be called as “Aamir” and that Aamir has lost 2 of his fans, which are his kids.. Aryan & Sohana! and they’ve all the right to disrespect Aamir coz he started it all! Aamir who didn’t have any respect for one of his friends and called his dog by his name..Shahrukh!

    Well if I had a friend who would’ve done this to me, and meant to hurt me, I’d have hated her from the bottom of my heart.. if someone is rude to me.. I’ve to be even worst and never give her a face again.. good what shahrukh did.. he’d to beat him back as Aamir doesn’t deserve a respect.

  • Fathiya darling – SKR does’nt even know that the air around you exsists – I suggest u take a good dose of pressure tablets and deep breathing, that should put you right……………..

  • i love shahrukh like crazy!! any1 against him i hate them…aamir khan i hate him soo much he thinks hes number 1 himself bt hez nt! srk is number 1 n he wil alwayz be! hes jst jealous of srk cuz hes the best! i hv heard aamir say loadz of bad stuff abt srk like…he keeps on talkin abt him self, he called srk an idiot there r loadz of stuff lyk in 1 interview he said how does srk feel to be # 2 after aamir..he lied hes a cheater n he said tht he hasnt said anythin abt srk..srk hasnt said anythin to aamir….jst to tell every1 aamir sucks n hes a loser he doesnt knw hw to entertain ppl like hw srk does!! srk u did an amazin job to tell ur kids nt to be fans of aamir anymore! aamir is also VERY STUPID!! dnt think he went to skul wen he was young!! haa hahahahah!! aamir can neva be the king or the badshah of bollywood cuz srk is n he can nt do anythin better then srk!! aamir has to agree tht hes jst jealous of shahrukh n aamir is not rich e probably lives in a hut!! ha hahahahaha!! bt anywayz srk i love u n alwayz will be wit u doesnt matter huz against u!!!

  • Bejul: Jeez Your words about him are so pasionate, I can’t even imagine what your dreams are about “The King” of bollywood are like.

  • yo! i dnt care!! let aamir khan read this n let him knw hw much the world hates him!! ha! who wud u prefer meela srk or aamir?

  • @Meela

    Well said Meela. Btw I cant believe that SRK fans are so much blinded that they never tend to realise where he is wrong and where he is right. Though I like Aamir khan, I didnt like his dog comment at all. But these guys out here totally ignore SRK’s fault. When SRK takes potshots at other actors its humour.

    Well one thing I would like to remind SRK fans. Though your memory is very short-lived, remember when Hrithik debuted what kind of expressions was SRK displaying during hrithiks filmfare performance. It was pretty well captured by the camera LOL. SRK is the most insecure person in the film industry and every of SRK fan should know that.

    And yes about him being no 1 and having a huge fan following and being the face of bollywood and blah blah blah. If you want to compare then Aamir has a better fan following in India atleast because even each of SRK’s fan likes aamir’s movies but dont want to admit it. They go for Aamir’s movies but they never want to admit he is a better actor. And about NRI fan following who the hell cares abt NRIs or Pakistanis. One thing I must tell you whenever Aamir’s movies releases people go to theatre because they know that they will get to see some quality work unlike in SRK’s movies. I dont think any of SRK’s movies compare with DCH, Lagaan, RDB, Sarfarosh, andaz apna apna etc etc etc. These are classics and thats why Aamir is such a gr8 actor because no other actor is giving us one classic after another.

    Just look at the difference between the roles he plays in every other movie.
    Lagaan – a villager fighting for the freedom from tax
    DCH – a rich spoilt uber cool guy
    Mangal Pandey – a historic character
    RDB – a person who likes to relive the most glorious moments of his life
    Fanaa – a terrorist who falls in love
    TZP – an arts teacher
    Ghajini – a broken man with no memory whatsoever of his life

  • @Beju; No I’m not a bore. I’m just intellegent enough not to get immersed in illussion. I can define reality from fantasy. So how’s that for being smug…………..yeah

    @Spiderman – Hope u enjoying this?

  • Ronnie: No dear.. we’re (not) blind.. we know everything about each one of them.. I don’t deny that Aamir is a very good actor, but being a good actor doesn’t mean that all his movies are excellent.. he did some good and some bad, all of them did it.. but the difference between the 2 is that Shahrukh’s past is “clean” and he’s loveable, got a stronger charisma on screen.. and that (itself) is gift from God.. Shahrukh didn’t become the king of bollywood only because he did a hit after a hit.. no.. people loved shahrukh, adored him coz he’s also a good and a faithful husband.. God knows which way shahrukh is living his life.. is he really happy or unhappy in his marriage, but he never divorced his wife for another woman as Aamir did, Aamir didn’t divorce his wife only, but he also was invloved with a british lady and had a son, illegal son and the worst of all that he “denied” that he’s his father coz he was born illegaly, najaaiz kid as u say in hindi.. so what an actor does in his personal life would affect on the audience too.. on our respect for him.. he shocked the whole world when he divorced his wife and his marriage was based on a love story. Moreover.. I heard that he’s a big flirt.

    But who dares talk about Shahrukh? Shahrukh’s private life is clean, he loved one woman and continued loving and living with her although their religion is different.

    Therefore I love Shahrukh.. he’s a good example as a faithful husband for all women in this world, he’s every woman’s dream

  • I suspect that these 2 disguise stars are pretending to be rivals after just to hold public attention for a long time…they discussed everything trickingly to throw away all the other stars from interests,…..readers plz dnt take their comments so seriously coz as I said all these are their tricks……

  • hahahahah! u n smart!! lol!! neva!! mu cuzinz r dissin u man! cuz aamir is a LOSER AND A SUCKER!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahaha!!

  • @ Bejul: As I said earlier on, 40 year old men don’t do it for me…………….u didn’t get that , mmmmmmmmmm I wonder why. A Bit slow on the uptake are u. Oh by the way thanks for insulting AK like that, cos only the best get insulted and critized. Chow Chow

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