Aamir Khan: Controversies allow him for more success.
Birthday boy Aamir who turned 51 today, said Controversies empower me for more success.
One of the reasons given for the lackluster performance of Shah Rukh Khan’s last release Dilwale was Khan’s statement on the then ongoing intolerance debate. The actor had criticised the growing environment of intolerance in the country that had inspired many from the arts field, including authors, writers, and directors, to return their national awards.
Aamir Khan’s films have garnered more than Rs 2300 crore in last 15 years.
The year before in December, Aamir Khan faced a similar situation in which some religious groups tried to form a similar public opinion about Khan’s PK before its release. The movie though turned out to be a huge success. In fact, it became the highest grossing Hindi film ever.
In India, film stars are mostly perceived as people hungry for success and money who either don’t or choose not to deliver beliefs on social events.
Aamir seems to have learned well from his 2006 experience when he was criticised for supporting the Narmada Bachao Andolan. Despite the pressure, he refused to apologise for his statement, and suffered for it. However, he managed to regain his footing when he joined the Anna Hazare movement in 2011-2012.
When Aamir Khan turned himself with his TV series Satyamev Jayate in 2012, Its unexpected to success made for Khan.
The champion of human rights and the face of the community of thinking Indian actors. He also became the face of the Incredible India campaign. On the box office front, his very average film Dhoom 3 (2013) broke all records and that established his authority over the audience. Later, PK only consolidated his market position.
In 2016, he is again at critical point. Dangal will hit the screens this year, but Aamir has got a considerable beating in the intolerance row.
His statement that wife Kiran Rao wondered at left the country for the sake of their child’s future was at the nexus of it. He’s been defending his views, but the fall out has been that he is no longer the face of the Incredible India campaign.
A few days ago, he again found a chance to redeem his image in the Sunny Leone interview controversy.
He openly coming in support of a misogynist TV interview presented him in a serious luminosity.This is what fans expect from their gods.
He was dismissed as the brand ambassador of the Incredible India campaign, but was later called by the PM for a get together. A winner yet again.
And now, his Paani Foundation is in action in drought hit areas of Maharashtra. Hardly any other mainstream actor is seen doing similar work, making Aamir more relatable; an actor with a heart.