‘Secret Superstar’ focuses on empowering the girl child

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Aamir Khan’s next project ‘Secret Superstar’ will be another film focusing on the empowerment of the girl child. Earlier this week the first trailer was revealed and Khan spoke about the subject.

Reported in The New Indian Express, Khan revealed that there is a need to highlight more on the subject of empowering the girl child. “Both Dangal and this film are based on the same topic… That we look differently at our daughters. And probably we aren’t able to give the same treatment to our daughters as our sons. So, Secret Superstar is another film based on empowerment of the girl child.”

Khan also went on to say that he feels that the Indian film industry needs to make more film aimed at children. “We should make more films for children. This film (Secret Superstar is for youngsters, but isn’t restricted to an age group. This is a family film… It has a wider scope. When our kids were younger, we used to show them foreign animated films which are only for kids. And that is definitely something we should do. We don’t make enough films for kids in India”, said the ‘PK’ (2014) actor.

In ‘Secret Superstar’, Khan’s character wasn’t exactly the one he had in mind, but he explains that after doing a screen test he discovered it somehow worked for him. “When I heard the story for the first time, I loved it a lot. But Advait (director Advait Chandan) asked me to play Shakti Kumar’s character. I told him I couldn’t see myself in that role. Kiran also didn’t want me to do this role. So, I decided to go through the screen test process. Then while doing the screen test, I had fun and this was a very unusual character, completely opposite of me. So it proved to be a challenge for me as an actor to make the audience believe in the character.”

Kiran Rao who is co-producing this film, also wasn’t warming to the idea of Khan essaying this character. “I told him not to do this role as (I felt) he won’t be able to do it. It’s kind of a creepy character… He is a kind of guy who you really don’t want to hang out with alone in a room. So I told him, please don’t do this role as it will be very weird to do such a character after a film like Dangal. But when we went through the screen test, we laughed so much that we were convinced he can do this role too. But he wasn’t the original fit”, said Rao.

Asked about how he feels about having a 100% success rate with all of his films, Khan expresses he has been fortunate, “We just make films we believe in. I am just very fortunate with the films that we have made, the writers and directors that we work with and the talented people that come to us with the films that they want to make.“Somehow it all works out well in the end. I don’t know if it’s anything else to it other than the fact that we believe in what we make and we work with people who are very talented.”

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