MUMBAI: Aamir Khan, whose first film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak completes 25 years, says he is happy he has lasted so long in Bollywood after many people had predicted that he won’t last long.
“I am happy and surprised to complete 25 years in the industry. When I was new I was not aware where and how my career will head. I was told an actor’s life is of five years as public then gets bored of seeing them,’’ the actor said here in an interaction with the media.
Aamir, who is known to ignore Bollywood awards and does only one film a year, said he does films not for money or fame. He said he does what his heart dictates.
The star, who has given such hits as Rangeela, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, Ghajini, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, etc, said, “My this mantra to do a film has been questioned by many people in the industry. I remember industry people telling me that I would be out of this industry soon due to my one film or less films approach, and that my method was not right. People had lashed out at me and my way of working. But I never got deterred and followed what my heart said.’’
Aamir was cast opposite Juhi Chawla in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak which was somewhat based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It was written by Aamir’s uncle Nasir Hussain and directed by his cousin Mansoor Khan. The success of the film made Aamir a teenage sensation.
“Aamir and I were like college kids putting together a play,” Juhi Chawla says on the 25th anniversary of the film which also launched her in Bollywood as she had only done some Tamil and Kannada films at that time.
Says Juhi, “’Aamir and I were like buddies. Since I was more experienced than him, having been working in Kannada and Tamil films, I thought I was a better actor.”
The film was also the first music hit for Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. The film cast also included Goga Kapoor and Asha Chandra.