Deconstructing Aamir Khan

Close encounters often set the stage for unexpected revelations. During a free-wheeling conversation with actor Aamir Khan at the Express Adda in Bandra's Olive Bar & Kitchen on Wednesday, many such revelations about the actor came to the fore.

The evening saw the superstar explaining each aspect of his life and work he was questioned about.

The Adda, which lasted for over two hours, reaffirmed the fact that Khan attempts to simplify and convey his messages — be it in his movies, TV show or a chat with the public. The interaction also revealed certain unknown facets of the actor — Khan is not into gadgets, he still has not gotten over his early training in theatre and longs to go back to it someday, he followed his instincts and signed on Rang De Basanti even though wife Kiran Rao was not convinced about it and that he can't stop crying whenever he gets affected.

Soon after Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Express Group, joined by Priyanka Sinha Jha, editor of Screen, began the conversation, Khan made his philosophy clear. "The responsibility of a creative person is not just to entertain or engage the audience, but also to bring grace to society, build values in people. It makes people ponder over issues and hopefully builds social fabric. That's what I have been doing or at least trying to do through my films and television show," said Khan. This explains a lot of his actions as well as the trajectory his career has followed.

Yet, he is not immune to the fear of failure. "Every time I take on a new endeavour, the fear of going wrong is something that I live with. This fear keeps me alert. But it does not stop me from making bold decisions," said the 47-year-old, who admitted to having butterflies in his stomach before Satyamev Jayate went on air. Now, with its success, Khan has achieved a wider audience.

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