In a career of almost 25 years, Aamir Khan has seen successes and flops. But it is his failures that he credits for his life's "biggest learnings", saying that it doesn't matter to him if his films make Rs.100 crore or more but he gets "upset" if people lose money from a film which rides on his name.
"There are a lot of films I did that didn't make me happy, but it is also true that you don't always get success despite all efforts. When I look back and see these films, I feel that I've learnt a lot from my unsuccessful films. Those are my biggest lessons," Aamir said at India Today group’s Agenda Aaj Tak Conclave on Wednesday. .
"My failures have taught me as much as my successful films, and they are equally special to me," the 48-year-old said. The ace actor-filmmaker opened up about his efforts to juggle between films and a TV show, his "guilt" over not being able to spent time with his family, the Khan rivalry in Bollywood and more.
Aamir, who dabbles in films of different kinds, says he undergoes just one pressure when he signs a project - and it has nothing to do with numbers. "I feel that whoever buys a ticket to my film, doesn't go back feeling that it was a waste. The audience should feel entertained. That's all. I don't get into numbers. It has to touch hearts what money it makes, that doesn't matter to me," Aamir said and explained how he remembers his favourite movies Pyaasa and Mughal-e-Azam for their craft and not for how much money they made.
But does it upset him when his films don't do commercially well? "I don't like it if anyone suffers loss," he said. "I feel upset as I feel people should get their money back from a film, and make at least 10 to 15 per cent profit at least. Whether they make Rs. 200 crore or Rs. 400 crore, I am not interested in it. But I like my films to be commercially viable," he said.
On the Bollywood front, Aamir currently awaits the release of Dhoom: 3, which stars him as a villain. The much-awaited film, the third in the popular franchise of Yash Raj Films, releases on December 20.