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India questions Aamir Khan

December 11th 2005 in Articles, Movie talk

Yesterday saw this show of India questions Aamir Khan on NDTV with Pranoy Roy. It was quite an interactive interview with the audience and the best part was that Pranoy Roy did not intervene himself. There were no leading questions asked and another best thing was Aamir did not shy away from taking on difficult questions(oh! No, he was not asked about his personal matters like divorce with his wife or about new girlfriend..It was not asked in the part I saw and I did not see the complete program). His answers were thought out, controlled and made sense most of the times.
Some excerpts:

When the audience was asked which is their favorite movie among Lagaan, DCH and QSQT, DCH won hands down. Surprising that it beat Lagaan by a big margin!

He was requested to sing a song..he did not take it. Pranoy even tried to pursuade him by asking the audience to sing first line to be followed by Aamir singing rest..Khan did not yet give in. Aamir said “he is too shy about all this”. Then Roy said, Aamir would do it at the end of the show. Which Aamir again avoided by offering to sit in between audience and shake hands with them instead. Audience was too obliged to disagree.

On asking his opinion about staying away from award functions..his answers were clear. “I want the audience to judge me not a group of 7-8 members. The reaction of audience is more important to me rather than something else.” Then Aamir himself said “The related question is why Oscars?” and answered that “All I tried to do was create an awareness among the international movie audience. I was just sending out message so that more and more people come to know my movies, bollywood movies.” On being questioned about lobbying in Oscars, he said “It is a part of the process that you ensure your film is watched by most of the panel. There would be screening at different times for different people. I just made sure that I did all I could do to get my movie noticed. There is no lobbying as in you call up someone and say “Hey my movie is there, take care of it..”

I missed his opinion about his endorsements.

When the question came up regarding his avoiding press for all these years he said “After 2-3 years in the industry I realised that the journalism that is happening is not very healthy…and thus I avoid film press” to which Pranoy Roy also expressed his concerns about journalism.

Issue of Sania, Khusboo came up. To which Aamir said he supports them. Infact any person in India does have a right to express himself/herself. You may disagree to their opinions but still they have a right to say it. Pranoy asked him to give a message to Sania, and Aamir gave a message to all people “You stand by what you believe. Don’t get bullied down.”

There was a question about his joining politics, to which he said he would do what he is good at -entertaining. Pranoy quipped in to joke “Politicians also entertain. It is just that they do it unknowingly” :)

One person asked his opinion about Pakistani artists coming over to India to perform and to join Bollywood. He said these boundaries are all man made and artists should be allowed to perform at anyplace. He also shared the love and wearmth recieved by Indians/Indian artists in Pakistan. All the tension is political and among common men there is no such rivalry. They love Indian artists (Lataji is v famous there) /Indian movies /Indian cricketers, he said.
Aamir gave out a message to youth to become politician themselves and also cited that whenever there is a crisis, it is the youth who bring in reform. He slightly touched upon “Rang De basanti” saying his next movie is about youth.

There was also talk about Aamir not doing negative roles, not co-staring with SRK. Both of which recieved similar replies that they are not conscious decisions and he is not against the idea.

He was asked his favorite male actor and he replied Dilipji and Amitji. Pranoy smartly took it further and asked him to pick among the current lot and Hritik was his choice. On actresses, he shied away and said all …audience interrupted and he mentioned Nargisji Waheedaji..again audience did not like it. He was asked to pick among current generation..Kajol,Rani,Priety …Pranoy asked him to pick one and Kajol is his favorite. Yeah :) !

It was one of the entertaining interviews I have seen.


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“India questions Aamir Khan”
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NBK

yup nice theme, i liked it, any ways sripathi tht is exactly the reason why he is not giving full post in the feeds … :))


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Sripathi Kamath

nice theme. Please could you enable feeds to carry the full post rather than the excerpts ;)


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Rk

Sripathi,
Nbk is right! I want to increase hits on my site, want to get comments as well as I want people to "see" my site.


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Sripathi Kamath

Hey.. please dude.. its too irritating.. this should be the most ridiculous thing you should be doing. I thought you blogged because you liked to, rather than to persuade people to see what you are writing.
Look at Amit verma, today he blogs about how to get india uncut in gmail.. you on the other side are going in opposite direction.
Tell you something, the consumer is always the king. Dont try to change the consumer behaviour. Its difficult. You might even lose the people who used to read your feeds. With the moderate blogroll that I read I have 400-500 feeds every day, as I scan through all of them, do you really expect me to open your website everyday?


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Rk

Hey Sripathi sorry for irritating you. Your point taken but not before I say these:
1) I still blog because I like. And more I like if more people read, more comments I get and more people visit my site.
2) Amit Verma is not benchmark. (Comments are disabled in India Uncut).It is all about personal preferences. I have seen many giving restricted feeds. I advocated feeding full and even in email, long back. See this. I have seen many people allowing restricted feeds. Email is a different story let me tell you. It is for those people who do not have internet access (which I once was). But if one can access web feed reader there is no reason why he should not visit my site(no ads, no pics, popups). Almost all news sites have restricted feeds (including your favorite rediff) and do you think people go away from them ?
3)If you see arithmatic, it would be either no-loss-no-gain or only gain, if any, in terms of clicks.
3)I believe it is not as much as convenience as much as willingness to visit a site. I remember you used to visit each blog before you were introduced to bloglines. And even now while digging you have to open a new tab.
After all this hue, I see that there is only one subscriber to my feed in bloglines and that is ME!! Did I already loose one reader (you) or you forgot to update your feed to new address? Hey update it, I might go back on full feeds!


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Sripathi Kamath

hey.. let me clarify some points..
AV is not a benchmark. I agree, I was rather talking about the tendency to make it more convinient to people.
As the technology is improved and as new tools are found to make browsing easier, I think we should adapt to it.
All news site and Digg give partial feeds. Thank God for that. Frankly, in the news feeds, most of the people will be uninterested in half the headlines. I read may be 20-30% of the articles that comes of news sites. So, its better they don't give complete feeds. Most of them usually read complete blogs though (i feel).
A blogger whose blog cotents are put up on economic times, I believe should not worry too much about clicks
Finally, note that point 4 comes after point 3.. and also, I have not yet updated my blogroll with these feeds. And BTW, if I and you are the only guys subscribing, then as the only real subscriber to your blog, you should help me :)


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Sripathi Kamath

Done!


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Rk

hey man..too much…I will enable full feeds. But promise me these things,
1)you will visit the site atleast once in a week to see the template, theme and other design changes.
2)you will comment as much as possible..if possible to every post of mine.
And do update the feed…negimaki might not be available after few days.
Thanks for reading my full posts :D
But now that I have enabled full posts I don't think you will be reading this comment also :(


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Sripathi Kamath

Hey.. Also wanted to tell you about increasing the no. of posts on a page. Anyways you seem to have done it already :)


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Naveen B K

ababaaaa, wht a fight, so finally Sripathi managed to convince u about full feeds, ofcourse on ur conditions though…!!!

PS: well i wanted to tell u one thing, the small feature below the submit comment "Notify me of followup comments via e-mail" i just love this feature, cos everytime i used to comment something and wud forget to look back wht reply i got & this solved my problem :)) !!!


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Rk

Naveen, it is not a fight..! Healthy debate :)
Regarding "notify comment", it is a plugin. Hope it works fine, let me know.


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Naveen B K

yup the "notify comment" is working very fine & i love it :)


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