Aamir had successfully transformed from being one of the most loved stars of the pre-multiplex screen era to the most sought after star of the multiplex era – when his films did equally astounding business across cities and non-metro audiences. A proof of that – his film Dhoom 3 became the first film to cross Rs 250 crore domestic business and PK went on to touch 340 crores. At 51, as Aamir readies of his next film, Dangal, people this time around expect him to break the Rs 400 cr barrier – yet again a first to his name.
“He has been the person who started the 100 crore, 200 crore and 300 crore clubs! Naturally with Dangal people expect him to introduce a new club. Maybe a Rs 350 crore or even a Rs 400 crore! The fact is that there is trust he has managed to build over the years with the audience. We know that when Aamir Khan does a film it has to be different,” says Atul Mohan, trade pundit and publisher of the Complete Cinema magazine. Atul has closely observed Aamir’s growth over the years and observes that Aamir’s ability to keep his vision clear has helped him score. “The man is remarkable because of his aptitude to select the right scripts and directors. He does not repeat his directors often, except possibly Indra Kumar early in his career, and now Hirani. He looks at imbibing fresh ideas from different filmmakers. And he has been a perfectionist throughout,” adds Atul.
In the last decade and a half, Aamir managed to become the unbeatable box office sultan, through clever execution of the following – select differentiated scripts, make people understand that he is not here to do something run of the mill, and ensuring that he looks every bit the part – so much that he ends up creating fashion trends, from goatee to handlebar moustaches!
At 51, Aamir just gets better!