Aamir Khan’s creative interference

Aamir Khan is no doubt one of the finest actors of our times. Unfortunately this tag of being one of the best comes with a price, a price that producers and directors working with him must pay. Apart from being known as a fine actor, Aamir Khan has a reputation for often giving unasked for creative inputs in films starring himself. Aamir Khan is often found telling his producers and directors how to do their jobs. His recent film Fanaa, a Yash Raj film too has been at the receiving end of Aamir’s creative inputs.
Aamir Khan and Kajol will be seen together for the first time in a Yash Raj film Fanaa. The film has been produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Kunal Kohli. Aamir this time too wanted to give his suggestions and insisted on seeing a screening of the edited version of the film. Says a source from the Yash Raj camp “Aamir Khan wanted to be present when the editing was being done, but unfortunately for him Aditya Chopra is very stern about not allowing anyone to have a say in the editing, not even the director, so Aamir had to just keep his suggestions to himself this time round.” But the persistent Khan still insisted on seeing the final draft and this time round Aditya relented.

Aamir watched the final draft along with film director Kunal, but right through he kept telling the director what should have been done. Aditya too was present for the screening. Unfortunately for Aamir, this time too Aditya did not take his advice seriously. Producer Aditya stuck to the original work, but as a token to Aamir sanctioned the re-shoot of a particular song. Director Kunal Kohli says “After the screening, Aamir, Aditya and I, all sat together and discussed a few things. Everybody wants changes, Adi still wants changes, Aamir has suggestions, but at the end of the day it is my vision as a director that has been taken into account.”

However Kunal does confirm that a particular song was re-shot. He says “Yes we did re-shoot a particular song, picturised on Aamir and Kajol but that was because the original shot had a technical problem.” Kunal refuses to acknowledge that the song was re done as Aamir suggested it should be re-shot. However Aditya Chopra did manage to keep the rest of the film the same, without much interference from Aamir.

Aamir Khan is no doubt a fine and talented actor, but he should stick to what he does best, that is acting. After all no one can be a jack of all trades!