Anushka and Raj Kumar Hirani on Aamir Khan and box-office success

The cast of PK, who are in Dubai to promote the film tell us what it was like working with the screen legend Aamir Khan.
Aamir Khan with actress Anushka Sharma in PK. Courtesy Raj Kumar Hirani Films
Aamir Khan with actress Anushka Sharma in PK. Courtesy Raj Kumar Hirani Films

Anushka Sharma

“What’s it like sharing screen space with one of India’s finest actors? There are no words to describe it. Sometimes I would sit on set during filming, watching him do his scenes, and pinch myself, and think, ‘Oh my God, that’s Aamir Khan! THE Aamir Khan!’

“He is an actor with amazing clarity – he knows what he wants, and he goes about it with precision and heart. It was an amazing experience for me, because I am not a trained actor, without the extensive body of work that Aamir has behind him.

“His range is truly incredible – from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar to Dil to Rang De Basanti and now PK. So I learnt from him, every single day. You know, just soaked it all up.

“I feel incredibly privileged and grateful to be part of this fantastic film.”

Raj Kumar Hirani

“There’s no set formula for success. And while that’s what we want in the end for the film, it’s the journey that matters – the means to the end. At least, that’s what matters to me.

“Here’s a bit of advice: surround yourself with people who are good, of good character. It doesn’t matter if they’re not super at their jobs, they will become better.

“But a single negative person, however competent, can take a whole team down, and that’s something I cannot bear, especially when shooting a film – it takes two long years so you want to make sure your team is good.

“I try to be positive on set, and keep everyone happy. And I think it shows, in the final product. Because everyone’s heart is in it.”

PK – the facts

• Aamir Khan spent four months learning to speak Bhojpuri for his role and got so involved in it that he ended up messing up his lines in Dhoom 3, which he was working on simultaneously.

• Anushka Sharma, then only a teenager, had sent an audition tape to Raj Kumar Hirani for 3 Idiots, but it never reached him.

• The wardrobe for the cast was not planned and individually designed. Depending on what caught the crew’s fancy, outfits were mostly bought off the rack or from people wearing them.

• Aamir Khan plays an unconventional odd ball who is called PK (inebriated) because of his eccentric behaviour.

• The song Battery Recharge from the film’s soundtrack is already trending on social media.

Published: December 16, 2014 04:00 AM

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