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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Children being taught to race ahead by hook or crook: Aamir

Rueing the trend that teaches children to race ahead "by hook or by crook", Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Saturday said society should instead teach them to move forward together and bring about a change for good.

The actor-director said he himself never subscribed to this way of "grooming children" and tried to convey the message through his latest film 'Taare Zameen Par'.

"The trend in our society is such that we infuse our children with a spirit of competition from a very early age, killing sensitivity within them, with the result that our children grow up into adults who want to race ahead by hook or by crook", Aamir said at the ongoing Literature Festival here.

There was nothing wrong in trying to move ahead but the instinct of "racing ahead at the cost of others was wrong and this was what we were instilling in children, he said.

"We should teach our children to not only realise their strengths but also the weaknesses of people around them, and hence, lend them a hand, so everyone is able to progress...If we adopt this approach in our lives, a whole generation would change for good," he said.

Asked whether as a public figure he felt tempted to speak out his mind on issues concerning society, Aamir said his experience of doing so had left hi bruised.

"When I spoke for a public cause, I did not get enough support from other quarters of society. I got a taste of politics unusual for me and it left me bruised," he said in an apparent reference to the attack on him for his stand on the Narmada dam issue.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Aamir Khan finally quits smoking

After the release of Taare Zameen Par, Aamir has been extremely appreciated by everyone. Meanwhile this new dedicated actor-turned-director has gone through a different experience. Interacting with his fans on his blog, Aamir informs that he has finally kept his promise by quitting his habit of smoking.

“Yes I have finally kicked the bad habit. I know I know I can already hear all of you all scream and shout. I was supposed to give up on 31st. But I didn’t (which is one of the reasons I was avoiding posting). I tried my best... but I'm sorry I couldn’t then... but I have now... so please don’t give me grief... instead support me now”, says Aamir.

Not just smoking, Aamir is all set to get other things back in order to make his life easy. His list includes routines like sleeping early, regular work outs, and to get back on healthy diet. Aamir wants to make his life more organized like his work. He will start working on the DVD of TZP , also on the release plan of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, the next release of his production house which marks the debut of his nephew Imraan Khan.

Aamir also informs that he will start pre production work of his next film Delhi Belly which is an action comedy based in Delhi. Aamir will only produce and not direct it. Besides that he is also planning to start one more film that is yet to be titled. All this while, he will also shoot for Ghajini .

“The past few months have been quite a ride. The last month was the most exciting, nerve racking, exhausting, rejuvenating, draining, enriching experience for me. Am I ever going to recover? I feel like I’ve been stuffed into a washing machine which doesn’t have an off button. After this I really need to be put out to dry in the sun and left alone.” He grins as he will start shooting for Ghajini from today onwards.


Friday, January 4, 2008

'Taare Zameen Par' rocks overseas audience

After recieving effusive praise from critics across India and leaving many a cinegoer moist-eyed, 'Taare Zameen Par' has earned excellent reviews worldwide, while garnering excellent collections in the overseas territories. The film's moving and poignant portrayal of how a childhood of carefree abundance is trampled by the dictates of a system putting premium of perfectionists and perfectionism has got it standing ovations from the audiences and great reviews from International critics.
Being distributed by UTV Motion Pictures in the overseas market, 'Taare Zameen Par' ('TZP') has collected more than 1.45 million US dollars in the US and West Asia alone at the end of the second weekend, making it a bigger opener than 'Chak De India' in the US market. The film, in the US, has raked in 850,000 US dollars with 71 prints on 66 screens in the first week. The excellent audience response led the film to be expanded to 69 screens on 74 prints in the second week. UTV sources said the word of mouth is extremely strong on this film, which has sustained it during the weekdays showings. There have also been reports of standing ovations all across North America. ''Looking at the response to the film, we assertain that it will be one of the top four Hindi films from India in the US,'' Siddharth Roy Kapur, EVP Marketing, Syndicate and Distribution, UTV Motion Pictures, said.
In the Gulf, 'TZP' received great accolades and at the end of the second week, collections having crossed 600,000 US dollars on just 25 prints. What was highlighted in this market was the way the film's collections have held strong over the weekdays as well.

Though a slow starter, a strong word of mouth publicity for the the film saw 'TZP' evoke a strong response from the audiences, drawing crowds even during the weekdays when the collections areusually seen to take a dip. ''Every once in a while you are taken aback by a movie. It is a rare experience, especially coming from Bollywood. 'Taare Zameen Par' is a different experience altogether. The movie is one of the best ones to come out of the Bollywood factory,'' says Shariq Hamid who runs Funasia, a multiplex chain with 27 screens across four cities in the US. Aamir Khan's sensitive narration, in the movie, of the story of a dyslexic child Ishaan Awasthi, whose parents' and teachers' impatience with his learning disabilities leaves him devastated, turning him into a recluse, has won encomiums and evoked laudatory reviews from critics across India. Infact, the heart-wrenching scenes of the child Ishaan, undergoing mental trauma due to the impatience and frustration of his parents and teachers at his lack of progress, have had many in the film fraternity, even the hard-hearted ones, benumbed and almost moved to tears. Filmmakers like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Madhur Bhandarkar and Anurag Kashyap recently admitted to have been deeply moved by the film's fervent plea to society not to curb the feeling of innocence and carefree abundance characterised by childhood.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, whose films like the unreleased 'Paanch' and the recently released 'Black Friday' and 'No Smoking' have delved into the dark sides of human psyche says, '''Taare Zameen Par' took me back to my hostel days. If you take away the dyslexia, it seems like my story. The film affected me so deeply that I was almost left speechless.
''After watching the film, I was asked how I liked 'Taare Zameen Par'. I could not talk as I was deeply overwhelmed.''
The tremendous impact that 'TZP' had on him led Anurag to write about the film on his personal blog, even though he admitted it was not his kind of film.

Source : DNA


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