Nov 1, 2003

Satyajit Bhatkal's book on the making of Lagaan documents how the director grappled with the idea of giving Aamir Khan a look that included a departure from his usual clean-shaven appearance, which would be in tune with the period. They eventually dropped the idea because I guess they didn't want to dilute what was going to be their biggest calling card to counter-balance all the difficulties the film was going to provide: the immense appeal of the lead actor.

As I had expressed earlier, Aamir Khan has rarely, despite his reputation as a "different" actor, experimented with looks and characters (DCH wasn't the rule). It's good to see, hence, that in the upcoming film on the 1857 uprising by Ketan Mehta, Aamir gets long locks and a thick moustache.

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