Rang De Basanti is a big hit. For Aamir's fans it was rather obvious. If it's Aamir, it has to be different and most likely a big hit, what's new about that?
But then there is one aspect about Khan's movies which not many might have noticed. Though Aamir's career graph will show a consistent high with big hits, many of the directors and co-stars who worked with him didn't really have a very impressive career until they worked with him. It was only after they did films with Aamir that their careers shot up and they reached the peak of their careers in films. It may sound very illogical but the facts and figures prove it. Aamir's success is contagious and it grabs the people whom he works with. Working with Aamir is contagious. It affects you with a virus of success. But who won't want to be attacked by such a virus!!
Let's take a look at his films and the related facts that support the above claim. Aamir's first movie in a lead role was Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). The movie marked directorial debut of Aamir's cousin Mansoor Khan. It was a big hit of the late 80's and it brought in a new trend of teenage romance. Mansoor Khan was seen as a very talented young director, after the movie's success. Besides, his co-star in movie Juhi Chawla who had debuted with a dismal Sultanat also went on to become a superstar. Aamir and Mansoor Khan repeated the magic with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992). The movie was based on life of college students revolving around the sport of bicycle racing. Though Mansoor's next film with Aamir, Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) didn't do well at the box office, he managed to get back in form with Josh which was a semi hit.
After Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Aamir did few films, which didn't make a mark. Then in 1990, he again acted in the film of a debutant director. The film was Dil and the director was Indra Kumar. Indra Kumar had earlier produced two movies - Mohabbat and Kasam but without much success. Dil was an instant hit and there was no looking back for Indra Kumar. The film also gave a boast to Madhuri Dixit's career who starred opposite Aamir in the film. He and Indra Kumar again got together for Ishq in 1997 and the duo clicked yet again.
Then came Rangeela in 1995, the movie which served as a launch pad for the film careers of many. The director Ram Gopal Varma had officially registered a hit with his very first Hindi movie Shiva, but the movie failed to give him any recognition specifically. It was only after Rangeela that Ram Gopal Varma became a well known name. The film also made Urmila Matondkar a superstar overnight and she went on reaching new heights from then.
Dharmesh Darshan did make a movie called Lootere back in 1993, but his career as a director took off only after Raja Hindustani (1996). The movie was the biggest hit of the year and the music of Raja Hindustani became a rage. The film still remains to be the biggest hit of Dharmesh Darshan. The film also shaped Karisma Kapoor's career. She got the actress title from the glam-doll tag only after this movie. There was no looking back for her after that.
No Bollywood fan could possibly forget a movie like Ghulam (1998). The then-five-movies-old director Vikram Bhatt made his presence felt only after Ghulam. Vikram proved what he is capable of with this film. The movie also the brought 'tapoori ishtyle' in fashion due to Aamir's excellent performance and who can forget the magic of aati kya khandala. This was Rani Mukherjee's second film and it helped her gain recognition as her debut movie didn't quite do well.
John Mathew Matthan was worshipped for his work on his very first film Sarfarosh(1999). The film was seemed realistic and very perfect at technicalities and minute details yet it never became boring like most in the similar genre. The film placed John on such a high position that it affected his next second release Shikhar (2005) due to higher expectations.
Ashutosh Gowarikar had actually begun his career as a director way back in 1993 with Pehla Nasha. He had done a film with Aamir too called Baazi in 1995 but the movie was an average hit. Ashutosh and Aamir then teamed up again and created history in 2001 with Lagaan. The movie is one of the biggest hits of Bollywood ever and who can forget the Oscar nomination of 2002.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001) brought a revolution in Bollywood. The movie came in like a rebel and changed things in Bollywood completely. The film did extremely well especially in urban areas and director Farhan Akhtar became as a famous as a superstar. The film was known for its style, unique storyline and brilliant execution. The film also brew up sagging careers of Saif Ali Khan, Priety Zinta and Akshaye Khanna, who were Aamir's co-stars in the film.
And now of course Rang De Basanti which is rocking worldover currently. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's first film Aks (2001) bombed big time, though it starred superstar Amitabh Bachchan. But now things have changed completely for Rakeysh with Rang De Basanti. Besides Aamir, the other actors in the movie have also given a brilliant performance. Now it is to be seen if working with Aamir helps their career as well.
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