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'Most of the serials have bad scripts'

Srabanti Chakrabarti | September 02, 2008


Always known as a sensible actor, Aamir Bashir is back with his new film A Wednesday directed by Neeraj Pandey.

"I am playing the role of a police officer (Jai Singh) in the film. He's someone who plays by the rules and is the right hand man of the police commissioner played by Anupam Kher [Images]," says Amir.

"Neeraj had called me few years back for a television show. Unfortunately, things did not click the way we wanted to then. Thankfully, this time everything went right for everyone and I decided to sign the film. One of the factors that tilted the balance in its favour was the scope of working with Naseeruddin Shah [Images]. While I have interacted with him earlier during various workshops, this is the first time I will share screen space with him," says Aamir.

Shah plays the role of a criminal who makes bombs, plants it all over the city and calls up the police commissioner to see if Kher can save the city or not.

Aamir cannot stop talking about Shah, "He was my hero during school. His versatility is mind-blowing. I was amazed at how the same person could do the roles of Pestonjee and Paar. It is indeed a great privilege for me to work with him."

Aamir, however is not keen on taking up projects in the small screen. "Shows like Alpviram and Sarhadein, where I had played pivotal roles will not be back. This is the reason why my last appearance in the small screen was for Ketan Mehta's Time Bomb. And I have stopped working in daily soaps for more than five years."

But what is it that makes him shun television?

"Bad scripts in most of the serials. None of the popular serials on air today have got a strong storyline to support them. Reality shows are climbing up the popularity charts to bridge this gap. And even they have so much drama and fake emotions, it is not my cup of tea," explains Aamir.

The actor is also waiting for a release of The Great Indian Butterfly, an English film directed by Sarthak Dasgupta, based on an urban couple's life amidst stress and strife. Sandhya Mridul is his co-star in the movie.

The lad from Kashmir is also writing the script for a film which he wants to direct. "It is based on Kashmir," he concludes.



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