Superstar In Singapore

Aamir Khan believes that casting of characters in a film should be based on character, not connections

11/1/2017 4:59:09 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

After the stupendous success of Dangal, Bollywood’s top actor Aamir Khan was in Singapore recently to promote his latest movie, Secret Superstar, which traces the journey of an young Muslim girl who dreams of making it big in the music industry.

Khan, who has produced and acted in the film, said that while both Dangal and Secret Superstar deal with the issue of empowering the girl child, this movie was “a much bigger film.”

Donning the hat of a producer, Khan was on a promotion spree and kicked off the tour in Singapore. At a media interaction he said, “I wanted to go to markets I’ve never been before! And I’ve never been to Singapore to promote a film,” He explained, “Usually we go to the US, the UK or the Middle East. But I was suggesting to (the production team) that I like to go places I’ve never been and try to reach out to newer audiences. So that’s why this time I’m in Singapore and next I’ll be going to Turkey!”

Answering a specific question by India Se Media on why Bollywood always uses actors and actresses who look mainstream and with new markets such as China and South-east Asia opening up, shouldn’t actors from places like North-east be cast and also the issue of nepotism in Bollywood, he said: “Casting depends on the character in the film. I will never cast anybody just because he is my friend or relative.”

The 52-year-old actor had a packed day in Singapore with interactions with students from various educational institutions including the Global Indian International School (GIIS). He told the young audience about how sports have shaped him to be the person he is today, helping him to learn how to deal with success as well as failure, and also instilling passion and focus in him as a young child.  He also shared his most fulfilling achievements - The ‘Paani Foundation’, a not-for-profit company set up by him and wife Kiran Rao to tackle water issues, and Satyamev Jayate which broke social barriers when he addressed topics of female foeticide, child sex abuse, medical malpractice and more. 

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