Q&A: Aamir Khan
The Bollywood actor-producer on branching out, resisting Hollywood and how U.S. studios can succeed in India
For a third straight year, Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan has topped the power list published by India's Filmfare magazine. The star has delivered three recent hits, including last year's "3 Idiots," the highest-grossing Indian film of all time (with more than $90 million) that attracted a record 39 million viewers last month when it premiered on local TV. With "Peepli Live," a new non-musical satire that skewers India's rural/urban divide, Khan, as producer, brings humor to director Anusha Rizvi's bittersweet debut. The UTV release opens Friday day-and-date with its Indian bow. Khan caught up with The Hollywood Reporter's Jonathan Landreth.
THR: I saw "Peepli" and thought that because of its satire of the politics and press it might have had a hard time being made, let alone screened, in China. What does that tell you about how lucky you are? Has there been a buzz about "Peepli"?
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