One of Bollywood's favourite Khans, Aamir Khan, claims to earn the "least compared to others", and says he "cannot compromise" with his emotions as "money cannot buy me".
"Till today, I have not worked for money and that is one of my
biggest strengths," Aamir, who is currently on a roller-coaster
thanks to the success of his latest release Dhoom 3, told IANS
in an interview.
He has experimented with films, roles and genres galore in his
over 25-year movie career. From loverboy to teacher to villager and
now a villain, he has done it all, but it's vital for Aamir to
connect emotionally with a project before he gives it a thumbs
"It's not that I don't need money. All of us need money and,
according to me, I earn the least amount of money. I earn the least
compared to others and yet I am very happy because I do what my
"I never work for money. Give me Rs 100 crore for a film and if
I don't like it, I will not do it. I cannot compromise with my
emotions, and money cannot buy me," added the 48-year-old actor,
who started his full-fledged tryst with filmdom with the 1988
romance drama Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
He cemented his spot in the movie business with projects like
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar,
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Raja Hindustani and
Sarfarosh. The year 2001 turned out to be a turning point
for Aamir, who featured in Lagaan and films as different
as chalk and cheese - and proved his versatility.
Thereafter, he went on to feature in films like Rang De
Basanti, Fanaa, Ghajini, 3 Idiots
and the critically acclaimed Dhobi Ghat. He even acted in
and directed the commercially and critically lauded 2007 film
Taare Zameen Par, which dealt with dyslexia.
No wonder Aamir is known to make films with a no-nonsense
quality. "It is difficult for me to go out of my sensibilities and
work. I can do different kinds of genres, but if my sensibility
doesn't match, I will not do it. If it disturbs my values, I can't
do that film," he said. "If I had a value judgment on Delhi
Belly, I would not have produced it. It's an adult comedy, it
has use of abusive language, but I feel that even that is a colour
of life which I would like to enjoy. "So, we applied for an 'A' certificate and I went out of my way to tell people that it's an
adult film and that if you have any objection, don't come," he
That also makes Aamir, a father of three, a socially aware and
conscious citizen. He has, of course, put that realm of himself to
judicious use with his TV show Satyamev Jayate, which
gives out startling facts about society's issues. But going beyond
that capacity and joining politics to bring about change is not his
cup of tea.
"I am not interested in politics. I feel whatever my strengths are, I want to make use of them. Why does a person join politics? Because they want to serve society. I feel wherever I am today, I can serve society in a better way. I don't have to join politics for that. I am doing Satyamev Jayate, which is only about that. I am contributing a lot from here," said the actor, who is now awaiting the celebrations for the success of Dhoom 3.