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Working with Aamir was an educational experience: Advait

Monday, October 16, 2017

Aamir Khan's former manager-turned director Advait Chandan said managing the superstar's work was a great experience and he learnt a lot from the projects that were rejected. Advait closely monitored Aamir's career choices for last seven years, which saw the actor giving some of the biggest blockbusters such as 'PK', 'Dhoom 3' and 'Dangal'.

He was a production assistant on 'Taare Zameen Par' and then worked on 'Dhobi Ghat' before turning to being Aamir's manager. He is now geared up for the release of his directorial debut 'Secret Superstar'.

Advait said, "I sat in all his edits, narrations. I was there when he first heard 'Dhoom 3', 'PK' and 'Dangal'. I've also been there for 50 other films, which no one knows about which got rejected. The films which got rejected taught me more about writing than the ones which were selected. I understood what was it about these films which wasn't working. It was an educational experience to work with him. It was pure blessing."

Aamir served as a producer on 'Secret Superstar' and also features in the film. His contribution to the finished project, Advait said, is immense. "You can't even calculate how much his contribution is. It's at every level. It's amazing how much support he has given me. The look of the film, the pace, how to achieve a certain thing. His contribution is so immense I can't even pin point it."

Advait  also said there was never a temptation to increase the length of Aamir's role in his directorial debut. "The only one way to turn him on is a good script. This script required him to be there for a fixed duration. Had I increased it and messed with the internal balance of the film, then pitched it to him, he would've turned it down. The script wouldn't have worked."

Written and directed by Advait, 'Secret Superstar' chronicles the story of a child who aspires to be a singer. The director said the film is "extremely personal" and draws a lot from his life.

 "A lot of girls today face that problem way more than the guys, where you're not allowed to dream. A lot of people aren't allowed. It's also about this relationship between a mother and a daughter. That's where I feel it's really personal," he stated.

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