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: