Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao and son Azad Image: Twitter
When it is Aamir Khan, trust him to leave no stone unturned to get his look for the film right. So his upcoming release Secret Superstar, or the currently filming Thugs of Hindostan are no different. While we know that wife Kiran Rao is forever praise for all of Aamir's experimentations, and is especially impressed by his Shakti Kumar look from Secret Superstar, what does son Azad Rao Khan think of Aamir's on-screen avatars? In a casual Sunday morning chat in his plush sea-facing bungalow in Bandra, Mumbai, Aamir opened up to T2 Online.
"Well, Azad usually ends up crying everytime he sees me on screen, so we tend to keep him away from my films," started off Aamir, perched cross-legged on his seat. Now, that's an unusual reaction from a star kid, we probe, and Aamir explains. "We had taken Azad to the screening of PK, and I don't know what happened, he just started howling in the theatre," he said.
At this point, Advait Chandan, (director, Secret Superstar) who was sitting right next to him, cut in to reiterate his words, "Oh yes, I remember, I was with you at that screening." "Do you remember why he started crying, Advait?" asked Aamir, a bit lost, and Advait filled him in, "There was a scene where you were getting beaten up by the mob and he didn't like it."
"Yes, I remember now. Kiran had to rush out with him because he was wailing in the theatre," Aamir sprung into action, ready to tell the story. "Azad is just five, he can't really differentiate between real and reel as yet. So when he saw me getting punched and then I was bleeding, he thought I was hurt and that upset him. Even after PK, we've tried watching other films of mine with him but it doesn't go down well with him. He prefers the real papa, not the reel one, I guess," Aamir added in jest.
Looks like Aamir's natural acting has taken a toll on little Azad. Of course, there's still time for the shy kid to get used to papa's stardom, but we guess Aamir has to wait a while to earn a fan in Azad.