An Open Letter to Aamir Khan: The Perfectionist Of Bollywood

Aishwarya Srinivasan
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Aamir Khan

From Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak to Dangal, Aamir Khan entertained us for years and we've watched you grow beautifully as an actor as well as a human!

Dear Aamir Khan,

Whenever my family and I decided to go watch your movies, we already knew we'd be watching a blockbuster and we would come back home with the content and happiness you get after watching a good movie. The first time I ever watched one of your movies in the cinemas was Taare Zameen Par which was also your directorial debut. That was probably the first time I cried inside a theatre, the way you comforted Ishaan and became his support reminded all of us that we will always have someone special rooting for us. Of course, I became a huge fan of yours after that. So my parents introduced me to your first few movies such as Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Dil, Raja Hindustani, Andaz Apna Apna, and my personal favorite Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander. In all of these Rom-coms, you were that chocolate boy who made my heart flutter and also made us laugh till our stomachs hurt. It's been years but all the girls still blush when someone plays Pehla Nasha!

Next on your movie marathon, I watched your all-time classic Lagaan. I was completely bowled over by the sheer attention to detail of that era, the costumes, the sets, the songs but amongst all of those good things, you still managed to shine the brightest on screen. Even though I knew the nail-biting cricket match at the end was completely fictional but I was still cheering for you. Lagaan being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film is utmost proof that your movies are a masterpiece and the world is your horizon.

I cannot even count the number of times my brother has watched Dil Chahta Hai with his friends. The movie made him feel so wholesome and comforted. It was everybody's dream to go on a Goa trip like that with their group of best friends. Also, little did we know that the movie would become the biggest meme source for failed Goa plans and Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe would be played at parties to date! I was awestruck at how you looked at Kajol with such pure love in your eyes in Fanaa while singing Chand Sifarish.

In Mangal Pandey, you bravely portrayed an Indian soldier fighting for Independence. Then came Rang De Basanti, another stepping stone in your career. The movie started with me vicariously enjoying everyday shenanigans of college life with DJ to watch him standing up for the right things and feeling a sense of inspiration.

I remember how shook I was when I first saw Ghajini, that movie is definitely not for the weak-hearted like me but it's an Aamir Khan movie, it'll always have good over evil and I knew you would bring justice to her at the end. You showed us all how versatile you are when you played a thief in Dhoom 3 and we still empathized with you, wanting you to escape the cops. In Talaash you played a cop grieving his son's death and that bone-chilling end completely left me numb.

Coming to three of your biggest mega-hits which quite honestly I'm still in disbelief how those movies manage to extract the same emotions out of me every time I watch them. Ranchod Das Chanchad's way of dealing with life by just saying "All is well" will be etched in my heart forever. I will never forget the intensity in the theatre while watching Rancho deliver the baby in 3 Idiots. Neither will I forget how PK questioned everything that's confusing with our society in the simplest ways possible. You came roaring into the movies once again with Dangal. The surreal story of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his girls reached millions of households, especially the ones that have daughters when you said "Mhaari Choriyan Choron se Kam Hai Ke"

But at the end of the day I know I admired Aamir Khan- the human being more than Aamir Khan- the actor. When you hosted Satyamev Jayate, you used your platform in the right way and spoke about so many important issues in our society and what we can do better as people to make this world a safe place to live in. You are humble, kind-hearted and always carried yourself with sophistication. Your vast contribution to Indian Cinema earned you 4 national awards, a Padma Shri and a Padma Bhushan which clearly justifies your title as a Perfectionist. I mean is there anything you cannot do? And as if that wasn't enough you work towards making the industry a better place to work and end up always finding a course of action.

On behalf of all your fans, I would sincerely want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us a chance to meet you in this lifetime and gifting us such amazing stories that will live on for generations to come! All of us are eagerly waiting to see you in Laal Singh Chaddha so I hope we'll meet at the movies soon.

With Love,

Your purest admirer

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