Javed thought `Lagaan` was suicidal for Aamir

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 11:25 AM IST

Mumbai: Lyricist Javed Akhtar says he felt `Lagaan` was a suicidal project and tried to prevail upon Aamir Khan not to go ahead with it.

"I was shocked when Ashutosh Gowariker narrated me the script. It had a long list of dont`s of Hindi cinema. I thought I should protect Aamir that he should not commit this suicide. But, both he and Ashutosh treated me like an elder and did not listen to me," Javed said at a celebration party last night to mark the ten years of the film and Aamir`s production house.

He wondered what kind of `song situations` would be there when there are 100 people singing one single song.

"Since Aamir was not listening to me, I decided that I do my own job only. But, when I saw the first cut, I was taken aback. I remembered my younger days when Salim Javed scripts were rejected in the first instance."

"Zanjeer went to 20 producers and all viable stars of that time had rejected it. It is a strange paradox that things which have not been tried earlier look dangerous," Javed said.

According to him, films are not made by cleverness or tactness, but by mad passion. "Unreasonable people can make successful movies where they ask the world to look from their point of view," he added.

PTI