Internationally acclaimed Aamir Khan's film Lagaan completed twenty years today. This was the first film of Aamir Khan as a producer. Aamir describes the shooting of this film, which is included in the Oscar race, as very challenging. He told that during the shooting of the film, he used to repeat this dialogue many times that he did not make a mistake by taking the initiative, but when the film was ready, he felt passionately that this journey was amazing. Who coined them in different ways. In conversation with Urmila Kori
20 years of Lagaan have been completed, how do you remember the journey by looking back?
I met Ashutosh for 2 minutes when he narrated the story in two lines that it has not rained in a village but the British have to pay rent. To avoid this tax, he has to make his own team and play cricket with the British. I was shocked to hear this story. I said no good. Three months later he called me again to narrate the film. I asked him if this is not the only film with your cricket. If it is, then don't listen to me. Ashutosh has been my friend, he told me to listen to the script once because it took him so many months to write. I agreed. While listening to the script, there are reactions of the audience while watching the film. He was mine too. I was laughing. was crying. was clapping. While listening to the story, it was also realized that this will be a big budget film. I told Ashu to find a producer first. I also told Ashu that don't tell anyone that we will do a film together because if our previous film Baazi is a flop, then no one will put any money on us. If the producer agrees with some other actors, then you should make this film. The film went to almost every star in the entire industry. Every six months I would meet him to see if any finals happened. After asking this, he used to listen to his script again. In this way, I listened to the script thrice. Ashu did not get any actor and producer for his film. One day I called Ashu to my office and asked my Ammi, Abbu and Reena to be present to listen to the script. This was the first time I was narrating the script of a film to him. She did not agree but then agreed. After listening to the script, everyone liked it. My father said that the story is very good. should be said. Reena also liked it very much. After that one night I decided that I will act as well as produce this film. This whole process was of two years. After that I said yes to the film.
Lagaan is considered to be the most special film of your career and Hindi cinema Do you think any other film like this will be made in your career?
My uncle Naseer Sahab used to say that classic films are not made, they are made. All we can do is try to make good films. Which people enjoy watching. Why Mother India, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna are called classics because they have stood the test of time. People like to watch those films even after 50 years.
Any scene from the movie that is your favorite?
My favorite scene is when Bhuvan forgives Lakha. Even in that situation, Bhuvan's character can forgive someone. I found this thing very special about that character.
Your ex-wife Reena was the producer of this film How do you remember her contribution?
Very important Reena's contribution was to this film. Initially, she was not ready to become a producer and come on the sets. She was studying computer science at that time. The sets and shooting were all new for him but he did his job responsibly. She was a very strict producer. She used to make all of us stand in line and tell our mistakes. You spoke for three days but took five days. When the film was completed, he wrote a letter to all of us. I started crying after reading it. I still have that letter with me.
Remakes are a common trend these days, do you think there are any actors of the current era who can do this role?
Yes, there are many Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal can play Bhuvan's character very well. If someone asks us for the rights of rent, then Ashutosh and I will happily give it. We faced a lot of difficulties while making this film. What will be the treatment of young actors and directors regarding the different story. I would be very happy to see.
Usually Aamir you stay away from the awards but you went to the Oscars awards for this film, which is discussed and criticized both till date?
To be honest, I do not take awards seriously, even if it is the Oscars. I have a reason for this too. Suppose my films 3 Idiots, Lagaan, Dangal were released in a year only, then the jury would have liked any of these films. Nobody was coming. Cinema is very subjective. It is easy in sports. There is a race of 100 meters. Whoever crosses the first line in it. He is the winner. This is not possible in films, so it is better that we should enjoy films and celebrate each other's work than falling in the trap of awards. I've only gone to the Oscars, not even that. I have also gone to Hindustani Awards. Indian awards which have value. They do not give such awards to anyone. I have gone to his award and have also accepted the honor, the first is the Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, the second is the famous Gollapudi Srinivas Awards of South.
When you don't take the Oscars too seriously, what was your thought behind going there?
I went there because of the marketing of the film. Everyone in India had seen our film. Being nominated in the Oscars means that the interest of the people of the whole world increases in that film. This usually happens. Everyone wants to see an Oscar nominated film. For me, nomination meant winning. I was very happy with the Oscars experience.