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Aamir Khan: I should take money for the work I do

Last updated on: March 14, 2014 19:26 IST

Aamir Khan: I should take money for the work I do

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Rajul Hegde in Mumbai

Aamir Khan, on how he plans to celebrate the big day and the many controversies surrounding his television show Satyamev Jayate.

Aamir Khan, who turned 49 today, March 14, says he will spend the day with his family.

"I am happy to be turning 49. I have learnt a lot in life. It was an exciting journey. I am grateful for the love I have received. I am thankful to god, my fans. I hope to lead a healthy life.

"Kiran (Rao, wife) was the first one to wish me. It is family time today," he said.

Aamir says he was born on the day of Holi.

"My mother says the nurse had applied colour on my cheeks."

He added "Every year we celebrate Holi at Nassir Saab's (uncle) place with the entire family and it's a family affair."

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'This year, I am dedicating all my time to Satyamev Jayate'

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Did his good friend, actor Salman Khan wish him?

"He has not called me yet. If he remembers he will wish. I hope he calls," he smiles.

"Last year was great," says Aamir "I was happy with the success of Dhoom: 3 and that our hard work paid off.

"This year, I am dedicating all my time to Satyamev Jayate. Only Raju's (Rajkumar Hirani) Peekay will release towards the end of the year; there's no other film. So, my entire year is for the show.

"We will return with a few episodes in July. Then we will come back with some episodes towards the end of 2014."

Aamir raises various issues on his well-researched chat show Satyamev Jayate, but was unwilling to reveal them.

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'Our janta knows what's true'

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He recently registered a complaint with the Mumbai police about a defamatory campaign against him on a social networking website.

"It makes me sad when people do good work and then people react this way. Such people are less in number, but they are trying to spread rumours about me via social media."

He said that it was possible to spread any kind of information anonymously on social media sites.

"I feel sad. I am trying to do my bit. I know our janta knows what's true. They have been seeing me and my work for 25 years. They know what's right."

He is known to back social causes through his movies and TV show.

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'I used to earn more money through ads but I don't do many ads now'

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Aamir, who's known to charge a substantial amount for Satyamev Jayate, says, "I think I should take money for the work I do. I used to earn more money through ads but I don't do many ads now.

"Financially, commercially I am earning less, but I am earning more in terms of meeting people from various walks of life, touching their lives. I feel enriched."

He said he does not support any political campaign or party.

“It's a democratic country and each person should take their own decision and must go out and vote intelligently. Every person of voting age should vote. I don't support any political party, but if there's an important cause, we will come forward."


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'I want to be like aam aadmi'

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His friend Salman Khan is taking part in Mission Sapne, in which a celebrity leads the life of a common man for a day and gives the earnings to the common man.

Aamir says he is happy Salman is doing the show.

"If more celebrities come forward to support it, it is good for the common man. I am happy that Salman is thinking about it."

Finally he reveals that he misses leading the life of the common man.

"I want to be like aam aadmi, like when I go abroad people don't know me."

 


Image: Rangoli maker Chandrakant Sahu, an Aamir fan, outside the actor's residence
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