When a teetotaller Aamir Khan ended up drinking a bottle of vodka
It is not for nothing that Aamir Khan is referred to as Mr Perfectionist. He is meticulous in his choice of films and gives utmost attention to each and every minute detail. However, he believes that this isn’t a suitable title for him and has even said in one of his interviews that he should rather be called Mr Passionate.
Undoubtedly, the script and the character are the God for Aamir of every film he does. And he can go to any extent to deliver a performance that everyone could relate to. One such act of this versatile performer was seen in the 1996 film ‘Raja Hindustani’ which starred him alongside Karisma Kapoor and was directed by Dharmesh Darshan.
We stumbled upon an old interview where the actor recalled how he ended up drinking a bottle of vodka to shoot a particular scene in ‘Raja Hindustani’. Surprisingly, not many would be aware that this was the first time when the actor had consumed alcohol, since he was a teetotaller. (Also Read:When Aamir shaved off his head, sad over losing his love…)
On Karan Thapar’s show ‘Face to Face’, Aamir shared quite a few anecdotes about his life, films and the approach he has towards every character he plays. During this conversation, Karan (Thapar) was discussing about the roles he played onscreen. It was then that he asked Aamir about the drunk scene in his film ‘Raja Hindustani’. He could not believe how Aamir can act so drunk and do it so convincingly onscreen.
To this, the actor replied saying, “Well, what I did for that simply was… since I’m a teetotaller and until then I had never drunk, I decided to do that scene, you know, under the influence of alcohol. Well, I ended up drinking a bottle of vodka (giggles). I wasn’t acting well. I told my director, I said, ‘look I’m not confident of playing this scene and I don’t know what it’s like to be drunk and I’m quite sure I’ll mess it up. So let me actually consume alcohol, so that the physicality is taken care of, you know, the way my eyes move, the way the body language happens, a bit of a speech and I have to be with the emotion, and I have to know my lines. But I’ll get this external help which I can use. So that is why I did that.”
The fans who have seen ‘Raja Hindustani’ would acknowledge that indeed the scene where Aamir gets drunk and (emotionally) bursts out in anger on Karisma Kapoor, who plays the role of his wife, is one of the most intense ones where the actor stole the show hands down with his power-packed performance.
Later, Aamir went on to win the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actor (first time) for his performance in ‘Raja Hindustani’. But, sadly he didn’t attend the ceremony that year and never made it to any future ones also, as he decided to never attend them.
Check out the full interview of Aamir Khan below:
When Sanjay Dutt didn't wake up for two days after taking drugs
Sunil and Nargis Dutt’s son, Sanjay Dutt‘s life has been a roller-coaster ride. Born in 1959, Sanjay Dutt’s life has always been under the media scanner. Though we know how eventful his life has been, after watching the trailer of his upcoming biopic ‘Sanju’, we all were quite surprised to know certain things about the various phases of this actor’s life. The film will apparently highlight all the highs and lows of Sanjay Dutt’s life in which his addiction to drugs will also form an integral part.
We came across an old video interview of the actor with veteran actress Simi Garewal from her show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’. In this interview, the actor spilled the beans on how badly his life got affected by his addiction to drugs. He went on to narrate an incidence where he once sniffed Heroin and went on to sleep for straight two days! (Also Read:‘Sanju’: Rajkumar Hirani recreates a scene from ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ after 15 years!)
Sanjay woke up in the morning next day feeling extremely hungry. He asked his servant to make something for him but was shocked to see his servant cry. When Sanjay asked him why he was crying, the servant told him that he had woken up after two long days. This specific incident had left his entire family scared. After this episode, the actor understood that it was time to wake up and smell the coffee before it gets too late.
You can check out his full interview below:
The actor later went into rehabilitation and came out clean. ‘Sanju’, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay Dutt. Also starring Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala in pivotal roles, the film is all set to hit the silver screens on June 29. Till then stay tuned for more such interesting stories.
Ranbir Kapoor gave these many retakes for a scene in 'Saawariya'
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the word perfection go hand in hand. The man is extremely particular when it comes to his film and takes care of even the minutest details in every scene. This is also the reason why most of his films are blockbusters. One of the actors who was privileged enough to work with this man is none other than Ranbir Kapoor. Mr Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with SLB’s directorial ‘Saawariya’. Though the movie did not work wonders at the box office, it did give a fair amount of recognition to Ranbir.
In a recent interaction with senior journalist Anupama Chopra, the actor recalled his ‘Saawariya’ days and spoke about the no. of retakes he had to deliver for one particular scene in the song ‘Jab Se Tere Naina.’ (Also Read:In Pics: Lovebirds Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt’s residence)
The actor said,” I started with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and he doesn’t do anything less than 45 takes. So even if I had to turn my head, I probably had to give 50 takes. There was a shot in this so-called ‘towel song’ Jab Se Tere Naina, where I had to roll back on this chair and fall down and the towel had to fall in a certain way with my leg showing and there was one shot where I was lying down laughing and I had to get up and sing a song and he’s very particular about what beat you catch, he’s a very musical director – you fall on this beat, you lift your head here, you laugh here – everything is musical. I did 45 or 50 takes one day and my back really broke. The next morning when I came back, he said, ‘No, I’ve not got it’ and I had to do another 70 takes.”
Well, that is something huge but then if you wish to get appreciation from a man like Bhansali, you ought to put in that much amount of effort.