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Aamir Khan: 'I was born on Holi'

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Mumbai, March 16 – “I want to put all the colours," says Azad, superstar Aamir Khan's two-year-old son, who enjoyed himself immensely while posing for HT Cafe's exclusive Holi shoot at the Khan residence.

Kiran Rao, Aamir and Azad took a while to choose from the array of colours on offer - orange, pink, blue and green - but once they did the Holi party refused to end. And Azad had a ball smearing gulaal all over himself and his famous parents.    

"I was born on Holi - 14 March, 1965. Ammi (mother) told me that a nurse came and smeared some gulaal on my cheek. Every year, I celebrate Holi with my family. Earlier, we used to play with our neighbours and then go to my uncle Nasirsaab's (Hussain, film-maker) house and the tradition still continues.    Through the day, the entire family has fun playing and eating. I don't like pucca or oil colours and play only with organic colours."

Usually, Aamir doesn't like venturing out on the festival day but he made an exception a while ago. "I had gone to Amitji's (Amitabh Bachchan) house once for a Holi party and it was fun. I didn't try any bhang or thandai, but loved eating the mithai and savouries." Aamir also reminisces shooting a Holi song, 'Dekho aayi Holi', for Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005).    "The song went on for days. After a point, Rani (Mukerji), the dancers and I were drenched in colours. That was a bit too much," he says, smiling. "During Lagaan (2001), we played Holi on the sets and it was an out-and-out celebration. The cast and crew enjoyed the day, including the international actors who didn't know what the festival was about."