Cast is what makes ‘Peepli Live’ real and effective, says Aamir Khan

Updated: Aug 16, 2010, 09:17 AM IST

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi: Bollywood’s most successful actor and filmmaker Aamir Khan must be regaling with joy at the moment. ‘Peepli Live’ – his latest production released this Friday has hit the bull’s eye and is expected to ride strong in the coming weeks at the Box Office.

Talking about brand Aamir, the maverick star has attained such a huge status in the psyche of audiences, who can pull the crowd even in the capacity of a producer, and not only as an actor, which until now predominantly remained the reason for a movie to be called a hit.

However, speaking to a news daily on his the raging success of ‘Peepli Live’, Aamir said, “One is never fully confident that one`s film is guaranteed to work at the Box Office. Choosing a script, as an actor or as a filmmaker, is an emotional decision. If it touches my heart, I`m in.”

Further talking upon the financial matter of the film, Aamir went, "The film cost Rs 10 crore, which is a small budget by the standards of the Hindi film industry. But given its unconventional theme and the absence of familiar stars, even that amount seemed big while we made the film. I`m glad that people love ‘Peepli Live.’"

Nonetheless, Aamir gives due credit to debutant director Anusha Rizvi for the way ‘Peepli Live’ has shaped up.

Aamir continued, "The research, the scripting and the casting were entirely done by Anusha and her husband Mahmood Farooqui. I did support their effort creatively but my main role lay in providing resources."

One being asked about that one factor that makes ‘Peepli Live’ a special film, the ‘perfectionist’ Khan said, “I`ll vote for the film`s unusual casting among several other important factors. The cast is what makes this film real and effective."