Bollywood superstar Amir Khan says that his next movie about the small town teenage girl who takes the help of internet to become a singing sensation is much bigger than Dangal, which was his last release and India’s highest grossing ever. Amir, 52, plays a music producer in the movie Secret Superstar and believes he is second lead to teenager Zaira Wasim, who plays a school student who faces her conservative Muslim family to take on her dream of a singing career. “While both are about the empowerment of the girl child, I feel it (Secret Superstar) is a much bigger film,” Aamir said in an interview in Singapore ahead of the movie’s release later this month. He and his wife Kiran Rao have produced the film.
“While Dangal was about the dream of a father which a daughter fulfils, this is about the hopes and aspirations of a 14-year-old girl from a small town in India. I don’t know what the box office will be but it’s a bigger film than Dangal in what it’s trying to say,” he said.
All three have also done well in China, and Aamir said he was: “very happy with the type of relationship that’s building between me and my audience in this part of the world with each film”.
“The desire in me to contribute back to society is something I can do very well in the field that I am in,” he said. “I don’t have to join politics. That’s an area I don’t ever want to go into,” he added.
“For me, when I’m making a film, my primary responsibility is to give my audience an enjoyable time. Then if it’s giving a message which is important and creative, if it’s changing the way we look at things, great,” he said.
“If it’s giving a message which is highly negative, then I would not be a part of it,” he added.