In an interview from 1997 Amir Khan spoke about filmmakers Yash Chopra and Ram Gopal Varma. In response to the directors’ comments about Aamir in relation to their films Darr (1993) and Rangeela (1995), the actor had said ‘they are just telling lies’. Aamir also said it “hurts him a lot when they do this.” Aamir had said in their interviews at the time that the filmmakers were playing tricks on him. Read also: When Aamir Khan replaced Divya Bharti with Juhi Chawla in Darr, she exclaimed his ‘star attitude’
Aamir was responding to the late Yash Chopra’s accusation that he wanted to know exactly how many blows he would give Sunny Deol and vice versa, when he was offered the role that Shah Rukh Khan ended up playing in Darr. Meanwhile, in another interview, Ram Gopal Varma had discredited Aamir’s contribution to the success of Rangeela, in which Aamir starred alongside Urmila Matondkar. In a 1997 interview, Aamir had said that Ram Gopal Varma “felt insecure as he got a lot of credit for the success of the film”. Aamir also responded to Yash Chopra’s statement that he had doubts about playing a negative role in Darr.
Aamir told Rediff, “They don’t understand my approach. They just tell lies. Yes, it hurts a lot when they do this. With regard to Yash ChopraI’d like to put things in perspective. In the first narration, he told me that Sunny (Deol) and I would fight, but it would be Juhi (the woman I was obsessed with and harassed) who would kill me. That was poetic justice. Then I found out he told Sunny another climax where Sunny would kill me. So I asked for a collaborative narration. I was concerned about my screen image. I certainly wouldn’t get beaten up by an ordinary hero in an ordinary commercial movie. See, I didn’t mind getting beat up by Deepak Tijori in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar because that was a different kind of movie. But if you’re having a casting coup like Sunny and me, I certainly don’t want to get beaten up by him or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Is there something wrong with that?”
Recalling his interaction with the late filmmaker, Aamir added: “When Yashji told me it would be an even fight in the climax, I asked him what he meant by that and he said we would both get punches equally. These were his words, said in the presence of cinematographer Manmohan Singh and screenwriter Honey Irani. In any case, it made more sense to have a heroine who is terrorized all the time to kill her tormentor. Yashji has also said that I had doubts about playing of a negative role. Far from it…in fact I wouldn’t have glorified the part as it was played in the movie if I had. The character had a mental problem and it should have been played accordingly.”
interesting, Divya Bharti was filmmaker Yash Chopra’s first choice for the film Darr, but was later replaced by Juhi Chawla. Aamir was also later replaced by Shah Rukh Khan. Darr was released in 1993 and starred Juhi, Shah Rukh and Sunny Deol in lead roles.
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