Move over Francois Truffaut, Wong-Kar Wai and Majid Majidi. You too, I guess, George Clooney.
Aamir Khan is here, and he's confident about Taare Zameen Par, his directorial debut. So overwhelmingly confident, in fact, that he doesn't blink when he raves about his own film's sensitivity, and repeatedly hails it as unique, one without parallel "in the history of world cinema." Wow.
And he says this thrice, just in case you missed it the first couple of times.
It takes us a while to get to that point. Before that, we wait for the man himself in his nondescript Mumbai office.
Going by the production calendar on the wall, it is evident Aamir obsesses over detail. The schedule is for a feature called Delhi Belly, and each date is meticulously marked, from days for recce, to casting to pre-production, but the tell-tale document is the one pinned below, a Script Correction chart which details what colour the corrections to the current draft should be made in -- and there are 11 colours listed for the said changes.
We are suddenly told Aamir has run out of time for individual Q&As, and over a dozen of all those waiting are herded into a ridiculously tiny room and told we'll get to chat him up together.
Finally, he walks in.
Text: Patcy N
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