The many Aamir Khans that maketh the Man

ADDA

On joining politics

I would never want to endorse a political party, certainly not on a professional level. I would not take money and endorse a political party. If at all I do endorse one, it would be because I genuinely believe that a particular party is going to make a big difference and contribute to our society.

Formal education not a must

Most of my education has been informal. I don't have a graduate degree. Education is very important but not necessarily in the formal sense of the word. However, gathering knowledge and experience, and getting that understanding is very important.

The business of Awards

I may not have attended the big televised awards ceremonies in the last 18-20 years, but I have attended and accepted other awards. For instance, I accepted an award from the Dinanath Mangeshkar Foundation and also the Gollapudi Srinivas Award in Chennai. A young man, Gollapudi Srinivas, was making his first film and died on the ninth day of the shoot. His family initiated this award to encourage first-time directors. I won it for Taare Zameen Par and K Balachander was the chief guest. I felt very special on that day.

I went to the Oscars because I value the Academy Awards. My interest was not to be told by the Academy that I made a great film — that is something my audience has already told me by then. Once a film gets nominated for an Oscar, an entirely new audience gets to see it.

Transcription: Sankhayan Ghosh, Dipti Nagpaul D'Souza and Vidya Prabhu

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