Mumbai, Dec. 10 -- For aspiring actors and anyone else trying to get a foothold in Bollywood, the route of choice has been that of the assistant director. Hrithik Roshan took this route; so did Ranbir Kapoor.
However, for the first time, an actor has expressed his interest to take on interns and train them personally. And who better to do it than one of Bollywood's leading names - Aamir Khan?
He has been part of the industry for over two decades as an actor, and he has even worked as a producer and a director. Aamir now wishes to train two media students every year, and says that this will be his way of giving back to the industry.
Aamir says, "It (the idea) came to me some years ago... When Kiran wasn't well, I was in the hospital and this senior doctor had seven-eight doctors under him. Every day, he would come and discuss what is happening with Kiran, and make them take notes. So these people were learning from him. If they are in the hospital doing that, I thought why shouldn't I?"
He explains: "I've been here for over 25 years, so I should give younger people the opportunity to observe me at work... I can also learn from them. For instance, I have two understudies on Dhoom:3, who watch me perform, who I discuss the shots with, and they could say, 'Sir, you should've done it this way or that way.' They are fresh minds, and will give me fresh perspective. I can also learn from them."
Aamir feels that working with him will help the interns learn the ropes of Bollywood. "It gives them an opportunity to how we market a film, how we shoot, how we prepare. All the three stages - prep, production and post-production - can be a huge learning experience. If I had the opportunity to learn from someone when I was new, I would've valued that," he says.