Aamir turns 10 as producer: only cast, crew and cameras invited

The actor reserved the tenth year celebration of his first production, Lagaan, for only those who made his production house grow. And that includes the press, not his closest pals.

Rubina A Khan June 16, 2011 14:45:10 IST
Aamir turns 10 as producer: only cast, crew and cameras invited

With 22 years in the business of cinema, Aamir Khan has had a lot to celebrate. Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of his production house, Aamir Khan Productions (AKP), under which he and his ex-wife Reena Dutta produced his first film, Lagaan, which released on 15 June 2001.

"We have not invited the entire industry. It’s a special day for us on an emotional level,” said Aamir. “We have invited people who have worked with Aamir Khan Productions. The key cast and crew of all our ventures... have been invited. I have not even invited my close friends Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Raju Hirani. It’s an evening to go down the memory lane. It is for the people who have contributed to my company and been a part of its growth,” he added.

Aamir turns 10 as producer only cast crew and cameras invited

Aamir Khan looks fondly at former wife Reena Dutta. Raju Shelar/Firstpost

Amitabh Bachchan breezed into the Taj Land's End party — despite a heavy schedule — since he had done the voice over for Lagaan. Aamir talked about how Ashutosh Gowariker had questioned Amitabh's choice as the narrator on the grounds that his voice was too familiar for the story set in 1893. But in the end, it was his baritone that was used. Amitabh was also requested by guests and the media present to say 'Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap'; he obliged, and later tweeted, “Been to two media events recently, and at each, media asking .. ‘sir just once can you say #BHTBaap’ .. and when I do, loud applause.”

Given that Aamir had always been vehemently against the idea of producing films, producing six was an extraordinary change of heart. After the mammoth success of Lagaan, AKP went on to produce Taare Zameen Par, Jaane Tu Ya… Jaane Na, Peepli Live, Dhobi Ghaat, and Delhi Belly, which releases next month.

Lagaan is also where he met his current wife, Kiran Rao, who was then working as an assistant director on the film sets, of which Reena was the executive producer.

Even though Lagaan went to the Oscars, awards hold little value for Aamir. He has decided against sending his films to any awards' jury henceforth, despite winning a National Award each for three of his productions — Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. “I want to stay away from these awards. I’m not even sending Dhobi Ghaat for the National Awards. I’m not objecting to the awards or questioning them; I just am not going to send my films as a producer. I want to spend my time making films. For me, audience response is of paramount importance, awards aren’t,” said Aamir.

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