At the year-end, we see the magic Aamir Khan spelled in Bollywood

Updated: 22 December, 2017 10:53 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Everyone knows what a brilliant actor Aamir Khan is and there are multiple testimonies of the same in his past works. But this year, we also know why he is much more than just a phenomenal actor

Everyone knows what a brilliant actor Aamir Khan is and there are multiple testimonies of the same in his past works. But this year, we also know why he is much more than just a phenomenal actor, he is a Creative Maverick. Late last year, he starred and produced a movie, 'Dangal', which told the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, played by Aamir Khan, a wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta and Babita to be one of the first Indian female wrestlers competing internationally.

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan

The film, front lined by Aamir Khan, broke all box office records not just in India but also showed its magic in China. Then came his next film this year, 'Secret Superstar'. It was a movie about the journey of a young girl who wanted to be a singer, her mother who wanted to support her but couldn't because of her conservative father. Aamir Khan absolutely surprised us with a completely different avatar in this one too when he portrayed a kitsch music composer with a declining career, Shakti Kumarr. He played the character, opposite of his real self perfectly and garnered applause for it.

However, unlike his previous film, this was a small budget film, not even front lined by the actor Khan. He just decided to pick this story, put together a team, a debutante director, Advait Chandan, one film old actress, Zaira Wasim (She played younger Geeta Phogat in Dangal), make a small budget film and empower it with his close involvement at every step which led to the cash registers ringing across the country.

In fact, 'Secret Superstar' is one of the most profitable films of the year 2017. There were very few films this year that did good business and Secret Superstar is definitely in one of the top lists. Aamir Khan has recreated the magic of 2007 blockbuster hit 'Taare Zameen Par' with Secret Superstar that struck chords with the audience.

The film had one the most credible names in the industry, Aamir Khan strongly backing it. Over the years, Aamir Khan has earned the privilege of attracting cinema-goers to buy tickets that bear his name.

Trade analyst Komal Nahta shares," Aamir Khan gives creative inputs to every project he works in like no other star probably does! And there are several reasons for this. Without getting into all the reasons, I'd like to share the one unique quality he has because of which he can make excellent contributions. And that is, he thinks of the entire film rather than about just his role. He is completely selfless in his work because he is totally secure. As for his star power, one doesn't need to say anything. This year's Secret Superstar became the biggest grosser ever in India in the Small Films category because of his star power. The film was also an unprecedented hit overseas because of his star value. Truly, a precious asset of the film industry!"

This clearly shows the immense creative power that Aamir Khan exhibits. When his name is attached to a film, there is a certain kind of expectation that audiences have. There is a high level of trust and confidence that there will be entertainment here. In fact, we even hear of audiences who only and only step out to watch an Aamir Khan film.

That's the magic of Aamir Khan!

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First Published: 22 December, 2017 10:40 IST

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