Perfectionist Aamir Khan has as many as 20.9 million followers on Twitter and is the most pursued Indian on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. But the veteran actor believes in communicating with fans through his movies rather than taking the social media route as he says he is “not very communicative”.
After smashing records at the Chinese box office with his latest Bollywood offering movie Dangal, he became the most pursued Indian on Weibo this month. Asked if Aamir would become more flowing on social networking sites now, the veteran actor said, “The fact is I am not the kind of person who is active on social media. I don’t think that will change. Once in a while, I go online and say something. Right now I am in Malta for Thugs of Hindostan. My entire focus is on the film. It’s difficult to come out of that. I also believe that my major communication with fans in India or anywhere else is through my work. That’s how I communicate with my audiences.”
Is that the bounds why he does not commonly share posts about his activities? “I just feel that’s the kind of person I am. Social media is a wonderful platform to connect with people. It’s a great platform. But each one of us has a different personality. I am not a very communicative person in that sense. So, I’ve never been active on social media, and I don’t think it will change.”
Although, his fan following just keeps developing, especially after movie Dangal, which saw Aamir essay a retired wrestler promising his daughters to take up the sport that’s controlled by men. It’s not just the Indian crowd who showered love on the movie by turning up in huge numbers at cinema halls, but also the film buffs in China who helped Dangal to design history by becoming the first highest-earning non-Hollywood movie in the country.
The Nitesh Tiwari directorial that chronicles the story of the real life Phogat sisters -- Geeta and Babita -- released in China as Shuai Jiao Baba (Let’s Wrestle, Dad) on May 5 in around 7,000 screens. The movie garnered Rs 872 crore in China until May 28 evening. “While we were hoping that ‘Dangal’ connects with the people of China, not in our wildest dreams we thought that this is the kind of connect we would have. It was unprecedented. We are pleasantly surprised,” said the legendary, whose PK, 3 Idiots and Dhoom 3 also did well in China.
So what clicked with the Chinese crowd this time? “The logic it has become so huge, confering to me, in China is that they allied on an emotional level with the story, the aspects and the moments. I have been reading their backlash on social media. They have been saying stuffs like how the film moved them and how the characters encouraged them so much. It made them realise what their parents went through. Many of them called up ther parents and cried. It’s a very emotional reaction. That is what has made the film really work.”
But the ‘Ghajni’ actor is overpowered with the positive impact that the movie has left on people. “It had a deep impact on women and men, and how we as a society can treat the girl child. It also had a big impact on wrestling. The kind of interest people have taken in wrestling after the film is significant,” he said.
The ‘3 Idiots’ feels it’s not fair to equal the sport with cricket, which is like a religion to many in India. “Everything can’t be compared on the same level. If you are comparing wrestling with cricket, then I don’t know if you can compare that. But it has had an impact,” he said.