‘You are picking something that the bulk of India is not interested in’

Aamir Khan has spoken about why South films have been dominating Bollywood films at the box office. Lately, South films like “RRR”, Allu Arjun-led “Pushpaa” and Yash’s “KGF: Chapter 2” have done wonders in the Hindi-speaking belt, while Bhol Bholia 2 and Kashmir Files are more than enough. Yet Bollywood films fail to generate buzz.

During the latest episode of Koffee With Karan, host Karan Johar asked Aamir if there has been a change in tonality in Hindi films recently, before blaming the actor for it.

“There’s a tone that KGF has or Pushpa has that used to be in Hindi cinema. We actually leave it and you’re in charge,” Karan said. Elaborating on the reason behind it, he further said, ‘In the year 2001, you (Aamir) came up with two films ‘Dil Chhata Hai’ and ‘Lagaan’, both of which had new sensibilities, both of which had a new composition in cinema. Then after that. You came out with a film ‘Rang De Basanti’ in 2006, then you made ‘Taare Zameen Par’ soon after, which led to you building a niche audience and filmmakers.

To this Aamir quickly replied, “No, you are wrong. These are all heartland films. These films have emotions. These films have emotions. They reach the common man. It is something that makes you emotional. “Rang De Basanti is a very emotional film. It touches people at a grassroots level.”

Aamir then explained why Hindi films may not work for the mass audience. “I’m not saying make action films or crude films. Make good films with great stories but choose topics that are relatable to most people. Every filmmaker has the freedom to make what they want. But when you Picking something that the majority of India is not really interested in… There are people who are interested, which most of us don’t realize. That’s the difference I feel.”

Aamir will next be seen in Lal Singh Chadha opposite Kareena Kapoor. The film will hit theaters on August 11.

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