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Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma at a promotional event.

Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma at a promotional event.  

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The ‘PK’ team talk about what makes the film unique and quirky

You knew it was going to be unlike any other film right when the first poster of PK was released. A transistor-sporting Aamir Khan with ears popping out and saucer like eyes generated quite a bit of hype. Set to be released next week the film by Raju Hirani promises to be a quirky yet fun ride for movie-goers. In Hyderabad to promote the film, the cast and crew deftly fielded questions thrown at them as they spoke about what they thought made the film unique.

Needless to say the promos of the film have created a lot of curiosity about Aamir’s character. “It’s very difficult to tell you too much about my character. What I can say is that he is very innocent and weird and speaks in Bhojpuri. As an actor I like to get into the skin of the character. When I read the script for PK I was instantly attracted to it,” says Aamir, adding, “It is not a role that attracts me; it is the story. Depending on how I react to the script emotionally I decide whether I want to do a particular role.” The actor learnt Bhojpuri for four months in order to pull off the role convincingly.

As the crew is on a whirlwind tour of the country promoting the film they say that while promotions are what attract the audience, it is not what sells a film. “Ultimately it is the film itself that will draw the audience to the theatres,” says director Rajkumar Hirani.

While according to producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, PK is Rajkumar Hirani’s best film and Aamir’s best performance till date, the film’s leading lady Anushka Sharma says that working with Aamir brought out the best in her. “It was wonderful working with Aamir; he’s very sharp. While at first I may have been intimidated, I soon got comfortable. It’s also very helpful to work with such a good actor because it reflects in your own performance. Of course, I also had to deal with the pranks Aamir played on me,” says the actor, who plays a scribe in the film.

Another way PK promises to be different is by tying up with Rentrak to project accurate collections at the box office. Recently Aamir had spoken out against films inflating figures to join the 100-crore club. “You are just fooling yourself. I think we need to stop chasing figures. It restricts creativity,” says Aamir. Vidhu Vinod adds, “ PK will use Rentrak like English films do so that there will be no fudging of figures. PK’s collections will all be in the open.”

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Printable version | Jan 20, 2020 12:24:13 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/quirky-and-fun/article6676508.ece

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