Aamir Khan, superlative actor and producer, turned 47 today.
Like every year, he spent a part of his big day with the media at his home in Pali Hill.
"I am humbled that you all are here to wish me. My day starts with you, with your good wishes," said an overwhelmed Aamir. He also cut a cake.
"I would thank God who has given me all the success and happiness that god has showered on me in my personal life. We were recently blessed with a kid named Azad so I am thankful to god," said the actor, dressed casually in shorts and a T-shirt.
Hours before Aamir Khan turned 47 came the big news break last night. Talaash
, his psychological thriller due to release in June, has been postponed.
Today, Aamir apologised to his fans for the delay. "Talaash
is very close to my heart. Earlier, we were trying to release it in January. Then we announced it for June. Now, the date has been pushed to either November 30 or December 7. I am sorry for this, I know my fans are waiting for Talaash
," he said.
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"Reason behind this is the show I was doing. The set caught fire and the entire set was destroyed. So, the show got delayed a bit. So, I am focusing on the show, which is impacting the release date of Talaash," he added.
Aamir Khan is one of the producers of the film; the others are Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. Talaash
, directed by Reema Kagti, also stars Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherji.
Ostensibly, the release date has been postponed keeping in mind Aamir Khan's debut on TV, also slated for June. "Right now my life revolves around the show. My team and me are trying to do something different. I have been working on this show for last two years. This is my life's ambitious project," Aamir said.
"I am very excited about my television debut. Usually today's day (birthday) I spend with my family, but today I will be leaving for the shooting of my television show," he added.
Given the extensive and innovative promotions which Aamir undertakes for each of his films, the reason to shift dates is credible. Or is it? Dig a little deeper.
On the other side, old rival Shah Rukh Khan is neck-deep in filming his big Diwali release - the untitled Yash Raj film with Katrina Kaif. If their first-time together on screen isn't big enough, this one is surely the clincher - master director Yash Chopra returns to direct SRK after eight years. Their last film together was Veer-Zaara
, with Preity Zinta in the female lead role.
With Diwali on November 13, SRK's film will release roughly two weeks before Talaash
. Like ghost of Diwali past, when a similar situation was played out in 2008. That year Aamir's Ghajini
outpaced SRK's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
. While Ghajini
became a huge blockbuster, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
, though a blockbuster, didn't inspire haircuts and chiseled bodies. Many said at the time that smart promotions are what worked in Ghajini
's favour - including movie theatre staff sporting Aamir's signature cut from the film.
Pics: Aamir Khan turns 47
Will 2012 see yet another slickly-promoted Aamir Khan film hog the limelight and the box-office and the awards (though Aamir steadfastly shuns them)? We'll know in a few months. Till then, there are huge numbers of his fans counting down the days.
Aamir Khan fans are going ballistic on Facebook and Twitter. "1st reaction to Talaash
delay news - "Shit Happens!" :x, says a tweet. "TV killed the movie star," says another.
Others say SRK will be upstaged (we can't use the real word here, so think of the extreme form) by Aamir and Aamir by Salman's Dabanng 2
! Clearly, fans are watching the moves of the biggest Khans of the industry!
Meanwhile, with each passing year, Aamir looks younger and says that it is all because of his parents' genes.
"There is no secret behind this. I would only thank my 'ami' and 'abbajaan' who has given me these genes. Whatever we are, it is given by our parents. I try to live a healthy life," he said. (With Agency inputs)